The Senate just dropped a bombshell and released the interview transcripts about Don Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting.
Basically, they clear the whole Trump family and the deep state has some explaining to do. They went fishing and ignored the simple, most obvious answers about the whole Russia story.
During his testimony, Donald Trump Jr. explained why he wouldn’t have told his father about the June 2016 meeting. (Trump Jr. has told House investigators that he did not communicate with his father about the meeting before it happened.)
Here’s how he explained it to the committee:
Q: Why wouldn’t you share it with your father given your response that you loved it, especially later in the summer?
A: Because I wouldn’t bring him anything that’s unsubstantiated, especially from a guy like Rob, before I knew what it was actually about myself.
Trump Jr. also says he doesn’t know whether anyone gave the information about the meeting to his father.
Q: So you did not pass the information along to your father. Do you know if anyone else did
A: I don’t believe they did, but I don’t know.
Q: Have you ever asked him if he was given this e-mail or told about this meeting
A: No, I haven’t.
Q: Has he ever told you whether he saw this e-mail or knew about this meeting?
A: Not that I recall, no.
That a son and advisor would not bring something to the boss unless he was 100% sure of it because he knows the boss is very busy make sense to you?
Of course, it does.
On day 1 working for someone you learn to only bring completed ideas, plans, thoughts, etc. to the top if you want to see any kind of positive result.
You learn that if you do not the first thing they will say is “come back when you figured it out.” Don jr would know this.
As for obstruction?
According to Don Jr, Mueller’s got nothing. From CNN:
Q: The Washington Post has since reported that your father was involved in drafting your July 8th statement. Is that correct?
A. I don’t know. I never spoke to my father about it.
Q. Do you know who did draft that statement?
A. Well, there were numerous statements drafted with counsel and other people were involved and, you know, opined
Q. To the best of your knowledge, did the President provide any edits to the statement or other input?
A. He may have commented through Hope Hicks
Q. And do you know if his comments provided through Hope Hicks were incorporated into the final statement?
A. I believe some may have been, but this was an effort through lots of people, mostly counsel.
Q. Did you ask him to provide any assistance with the statement?
A. No. She asked if I wanted to actually speak to him, and I chose not to because I didn’t want to bring him into something that he had nothing to do with.
See full transcripts here.
Don Jr. told Business Insider:
“I appreciate the opportunity to have assisted the Judiciary Committee in its inquiry,” Trump Jr. said in a statement provided to Business Insider. “The public can now see that for over five hours I answered every question asked and was candid and forthright with the committee.”