Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyers should be asked about possible discrepancies between his private testimony to the committee and press reports, but he didn't endorse a Democratic proposal to bring him in for a public hearing.

"I would suggest Mr. Trump Jr.'s attorneys be asked about these press accounts," Grassley said Tuesday in a letter to Sen. Chris Coons. The Democrat who serves on the committee had urged Grassley to investigate whether the president's son had lied to the panel — a crime — when he denied knowledge of any offers of help to his father's 2016 campaign from foreign governments or foreign nationals other than Russia.

Coons cited a May 19 story in the New York Times saying that Trump Jr. met with emissaries who told him that princes who led Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates were eager to help the campaign.