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story.lead_photo.caption File -- Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. John Boozman

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee last week reportedly infuriated President Donald Trump when it subpoenaed his son and namesake, Donald Trump Jr.

The committee's Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., also received criticism last week from some of Trump's Capitol Hill allies, who are eager to put special counsel Robert Mueller's report behind them.

But Burr's two Arkansas colleagues, U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton, have declined to question his motives.

"I've got confidence in Richard Burr," Boozman said in an interview late last week.

Although Trump Jr. met with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, Mueller reported finding no evidence of a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump family or the Trump campaign.

Thus far, the rationale for the subpoena is unclear, Boozman said.

"I have no sense of why it was done or what the need is, so we'll just have to wait," the Republican from Rogers said. "The good news is that Richard has stated publicly that they have no evidence of collusion."

Cotton, who serves with Burr on the committee, also portrayed the subpoena as unexpected.

"I understand the president's surprise on this. But the bottom line, as Sen. Burr said a couple of weeks ago, is there's no collusion. The reason why we didn't find any collusion on the Senate Intelligence Committee is the same reason Bob Mueller didn't: There is no collusion," the Republican from Dardanelle said Friday.

The committee's role and its focus are different from the independent counsel's, Cotton noted.

While Mueller was looking backward for evidence of criminal conduct, the committee is looking forward with the hope of heading off foreign interference in future U.S. elections, he said.

"What Sen. Burr is trying to do is make sure that we have all the facts, we know exactly what Russia was up to, so we can stop them from doing that same thing in the future," Cotton said.

"I suspect that Sen. Burr and the president's son will work out some kind of compromise, whether it's written question and answers or an informal interview, that will get him and the committee the information that it needs to make sure that we can issue a full report with proper recommendations to stop Russia or China or Iran or anyone else who might want to mess with our elections in the future," Cotton said.

Unlike Boozman and Cotton, however, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee portrayed Burr's leadership and loyalty as suspect.

"I sure wish Sen Richard Burr was as interested in Biden's cushy deals w/ Ukraine & China while VP than he is in the harassment of @DonaldJTrumpJr over a CLOSED witch hunt. #Enough," Huckabee posted on Twitter. He was referring to announced Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Metro on 05/12/2019

Print Headline: Boozman, Cotton throw no stones over Trump Jr. subpoena


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  • Lifelonglearner
    May 12, 2019 at 7:41 a.m.

    "No collusion" is just as accurate as "I did not, have sex, with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." In both cases, they get creative with the definition of what happened and if it is a criminal act.

  • PopMom
    May 12, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.

    True lifelong learner. Me thinks that Romney and little Marco are working behind the scenes to take Trump down.

  • mozarky2
    May 12, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.

    YAWN! Get back to me when there are indictments, lll, iow, never!

  • limb
    May 12, 2019 at 9:46 a.m.

    This is re-election middle of the road talk. But arrives too late. They enabled a con on the American people.

  • Wingers
    May 12, 2019 at 10:04 a.m.

    Subpoena will turn in to written questions and answers under oath....just wait and see. This will wrap up the Senate’s investigation of Russia that will match Muellers findings. Bottom line will be no collusion.

    May 12, 2019 at 10:52 a.m.

    Bottom line doesn't matter to the Dems or never-Trump gang.
    They will keep manufacturing things for the coup effort. Gotta get the non-club member out so that the inside-the-beltway swamp and suck on.

  • Seitan
    May 12, 2019 at 10:56 a.m.

    MBA. Hard to accept the "bottom line" as the only viable measurement when we have a leader who lies and demeans people so much.

    May 12, 2019 at 3:21 p.m.

    Yep - he certainly doesn't fit the usual decorum in DC. But, wait --- as I watch various hearings and list to the words coming out of the mouths of Representatives and Senators -- I can't fault just Trump. The literal crap coming out of the Dems is unheard of by my ears during many years of observation. So in view - it is an equal opportunity field when it comes to lies and demeaning. Also, it is so important to me that the professional politicians meet the Congressional dress code and smile while they stab me in the back.
    Just try to enjoy the economy, employment numbers, the near independence we have in energy and even (although the DemMedia will shout otherwise) renewed standing in the universe (no fake red lines in the sand in Syria, for example - and a more balanced NATO funding scheme).

  • BoudinMan
    May 12, 2019 at 6:19 p.m.

    So, Boozeman actually does pay attention? Sometimes?

  • Packman
    May 12, 2019 at 7:54 p.m.

    The bottom line is the American people are feed up with dem obstruction and sore losing as shown in President Trump’s approval numbers. MAGA, baby, MAGA.