On Thursday evening, former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) excoriated his former colleagues in the House and Senate for attacking Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) over the subpoena against Donald Trump Jr., denouncing it as 'sycophancy' and 'indifference to defending the Senate against perjury':
Honestly, this clearly coordinated defense of Don Jr. by GOP Senators and House Members exposes two things: 1. An… https://t.co/wLhcnoJMf3— David Jolly (@David Jolly)1557432775.0
Jolly, who was unseated in the 2016 election, is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump.
Trump Jr. previously testified under oath to lawmakers that he had minimal involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow proposal being floated behind closed doors during the 2016 presidential election. But evidence provided by Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen suggests he was heavily involved.
Republican lawmakers have been split over the prudence of calling Trump Jr. to explain himself. Some, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and former Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), have defended him, but others, like Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Steve Daines (R-MT), and ranking Oversight Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), have condemned the move.