Donald Trump, Jr., went before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information on Hillary prior to the 2016 election. His prepared statement contained the following piece of tripe:
To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out… Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”
He said this despite having said previously that he never met with Russians prior to the election, and then claiming it was about Russian adoptions. It was months before he finally admitted it was because Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer in question, said she had dirt on Hillary.
So now the younger Trump is saying, “Well yeah I took the meeting and yeah I did it because I thought she had dirt on Hillary, but I had a totally innocent reason for doing it! Someone had to see whether Hillary was even fit for office!”
GOP leadership should have determined his father’s fitness for office long before the primary season was over.
Don Jr. also told the Senate Judiciary Committee that working on his father’s campaign was all-consuming to the point of being overwhelming. He’s not the first person to make this excuse for all his missteps, including this one. Jared Kushner said something similar during his testimony.
Junior Trump also said to the committee:
Since I had no additional information to validate what Rob was saying, I did not quite know what to make of his email. I had no way to gauge the reliability, credibility or accuracy of any of the things he was saying. As it later turned out, my skepticism was justified. The meeting provided no meaningful information and turned out not to be about what had been represented.”
Again, this stands in stark contradiction to his response to the invitation he received for the meeting, which was simply, “I love it.” He claims that was just a colloquial response, and nothing more.
Yeah, Don the Con Jr., we’re not buying it. Lying to Congress is a crime, though, so put that in your pipe and smoke it.
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