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President Trump told reporters Thursday that he was "very surprised" that his son, Donald Trump Jr., was subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, as first reported by Axios.

"I was very surprised. I saw Richard Burr saying there was no collusion two or three weeks ago. He went outside and said we found no collusion. I was very surprised to see my son — my son is a very good person. ... He's now testified for 20 hours or something, a massive amount of time. The Mueller report came out. That's the bible. The Mueller report came out and they said he did nothing wrong."

Why it matters: This is the first congressional subpoena — that we know about — of one of Trump's children. The president signaled that Trump Jr. may fight the subpoena, which was authorized by Republican Senate Intelligence Chair Richard Burr.

  • The subpoena has prompted significant backlash from Republicans, who have complained — like Trump — that Don Jr. has spent hours testifying before Congress, and that Democrats won't let go of the Russia investigation even after the release of the Mueller report.
  • It's worth noting that the Senate Intelligence Committee has not yet released its own bipartisan report, which Ranking Member Mark Warner said will be "more extensive" than the Mueller report with respect to Russia's interference efforts in the 2016 election.

Reality check: Mueller did not exonerate Trump Jr. in his report. He chose not to prosecute Trump Jr. for violating a ban on contributions and donations by foreign nationals for 2 reasons:

  • First, Mueller likely could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump Jr. and the others "acted 'willfully,' i.e. with general knowledge of the illegality of their conduct."
  • And second, Mueller said he likely could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the "value of promised information exceeded the threshold for a criminal violation."

Go deeper: Trump Jr. subpoena faces Republican backlash

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Democrats to take up immigration reform next week

Biden in the Oval Office in January. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House will vote on two immigration bills next week, including one to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday on a call with the Democratic caucus.

Why it matters: This is likely the only realistic shot the Biden administration has at this point to pass immigration reform.

Scoop: Biden briefing calls for 20,000 child migrant beds

President Biden, during a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

A briefing scheduled for President Biden this afternoon outlines the need for 20,000 beds to shelter an expected crush of child migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The rapid influx of unaccompanied children is building into the administration's first new crisis. A presentation created by the Domestic Policy Council spells out the dimensions with nearly 40 slides full of charts and details.

FBI director: Jan. 6 Capitol attack was domestic terrorism

The FBI views the Jan. 6 Capitol siege as an act of domestic terrorism, director Christopher Wray testified in his opening statement Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Why it matters: The FBI's designation of the attack as domestic terrorism puts the perpetrators "on the same level with ISIS and homegrown violent extremists," Wray said.