Trump son, former business partner due before House panel this week

Donald Trump Jr to appear before House panel this week

President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.

Donald Trump Jr. is due to appear before the committee on Wednesday and Felix Sater, a Russian American who was a former Trump business associate who claimed deep ties to Moscow, on Thursday, the source said. Neither session will be public.

CNN had reported previously, citing multiple sources, that Donald Trump Jr. was due to appear on Wednesday. His attorney declined a request for comment.

An attorney for Sater, Robert Wolf, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Committee aides did not respond to a request for comment on Monday. It is the Intelligence Committee's policy not to comment on the schedule for closed meetings.

The panel is one of the three main congressional committees, as well as Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Russia and the 2016 US presidential election, and the possibility of collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.

The Russian government has denied any effort to affect the election and Trump has dismissed talk of collusion.

A range of Trump associates have been called to testify during the investigation. Last week, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to the House panel behind closed doors, as did Erik Prince, who founded the military contractor Blackwater and was a supporter of Trump's campaign.

A transcript of Prince's testimony could be released as soon as Monday. There are no plans to release Sessions' testimony.

Among other people with ties to Trump who are expected to appear in Congress is Jared Kushner, the president's close adviser and son-in-law, who had testified to the House committee behind closed doors in July.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House panel, said last week that it would "very likely" be necessary for Kushner to testify again.

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