Donald J. Trump Jr. offered to testify publicly about his father’s campaign claims that millions of undocumented immigrants cast illegal votes during the 2016 presidential election, saying in a letter on Wednesday night that he was willing to “provide all information requested.”
The letter from Trump Jr. appears to push back on two congressional inquiries into the matter, including an inquiry from The New York Times that the president’s eldest son said was “a political hit job” and “unfortunate” in a recent interview.
But it was unclear whether his offer would put a formal end to the inquiries, which Trump Jr. had so far turned down. Trump Jr. said on Tuesday that he would not speak publicly about the matter, and a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, dismissed the idea that there had been any meeting between Trump Jr. and lawmakers.
The letter follows a letter from Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, calling on Trump Jr. to appear before a congressional hearing to clarify the claims he made in a New York Times story last week that it was his father who told him that Democrats were engaged in widespread voter fraud in the election.
It is not immediately clear how the two letters will be treated by lawmakers, or whether a joint hearing or hearing on the matter will follow. The questioning of Trump Jr. at a congressional hearing could increase the level of scrutiny on the controversy surrounding the president’s potential ties to Russia and the potential involvement of his eldest son in the matter.
The interview offer, combined with a similar offer the president made at a press conference on Friday, offers a new dimension to the public narrative about the president’s comments about the matter.
Trump Jr. told The Times in its article published last week that his father had told him that a significant number of illegal votes were cast during the 2016 election. Trump Jr.’s letter indicated that such a claim “cannot and should not be dismissed as insignificant,” given the importance of the nation’s system of government.
His letter said: “The following points are relevant and important, including but not limited to the fact that many of the people who voted for Senator Clinton — including many of the donors to her campaign — are also legal immigrants who, as a class, are citizens of the United States.”
Trump Jr. further indicated that he would provide “any additional information” he may have on the subject.
The letter from the representatives came on the same day as a report from The Times citing a source who had discussed the matter with Trump Jr. at a dinner in New York in the spring of 2017.
The report did not say if Trump Jr. confirmed that a meeting took place at the dinner, or whether he said that a repeat of the events described at the dinner was discussed during a conversation afterward with other Trump associates.
The New York Times also reported this week that Robert W. Mueller III, the special counsel, had subpoenaed Trump Jr. to provide information about the accuracy of the false statements the president’s son made about the Trump Tower meeting during the presidential campaign.