Donald Trump Jr. Just Contradicted His Father’s Attorney on Trump’s Mike Flynn Comments
Some have likened the Comey Memos to the political version of 50 Shades of Grey.
He wanted loyalty but I could only offer him honesty.
To buttress this point, Trump asked for Comey to drop the Flynn case at a dinner for two on Valentine’s Day.
As has been pointed out, Trump’s lawyers arguably made a bad mistake by badly denying that Trump ever said I hope you can drop the Michael Flynn case.
This is because it gives Trump’s political opponents-like you and me-an easier threshold. Prosecutors only have to prove that Trump said that and not argue about intent.
The GOP strategy had been to say Ok, he’s just new at this. He doesn’t know that’s not what you do. But it wasn’t an order. He said he just hoped he’d dropped it.
While that’s disingenuous it does put the burden on prosecutors to show intent. But by baldly claiming This never happened, full stop, all that has to be done is demonstrate Trump did say this and you have him.
Of course, as this is Trumpland no one is every on message and everyone is making discordant noises and saying discordant things. Donald Trump Jr. is making the GOP argument-Gee, Trump just said he hopes Comey would drop the Flynn investigation. Clearly it wasn’t an order.
“Soon after former FBI director James B. Comey testified that President Trump told him that he “hoped” the FBI would drop its investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the president’s personal lawyer flatly denied that accusation and said Trump “never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone.”
“But Donald Trump Jr. — the president’s eldest son — seemed to confirm Comey’s version of events in a Saturday interview on Fox News as he tried to emphasize the fact that his father did not directly order Comey to stop investigating Flynn.”
“When he tells you to do something, guess what? There’s no ambiguity in it, there’s no, ‘Hey, I’m hoping,'” Trump said. “You and I are friends: ‘Hey, I hope this happens, but you’ve got to do your job.’ That’s what he told Comey. And for this guy as a politician to then go back and write a memo: ‘Oh, I felt threatened.’ He felt so threatened — but he didn’t do anything.”
Trump also said that Comey’s testimony “vindicated” the president and that everything in it was “basically ridiculous.”
Yes-totally vindicated him on everything though everything is basically ridiculous.
“I think he’s proven himself to be a liar in all of this. I think he’s proven himself to be a dishonest man of bad character,” Trump said.
Wait a second, Don Jr. are you talking about Comey or your dad?
“His comment came during an interview with Jeanine Pirro, a former New York district attorney and judge who is a longtime friend of the Trump family. Pirro has long been a go-to interviewer for the president and his allies when they need a sympathetic cable news host who will enthusiastically agree with them and not ask any difficult questions. (That same day, Pirro attended a baby shower in New York for Lara Trump, who is married to Eric Trump.) After the interview aired late Saturday night, Pirro tweeted: “Such a great interview!” Trump agreed and tweeted: “Good times. Thanks Judge.”
No thank you Donald Jr. You just contradicted your own father’s lawyer’s spin.
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