By now I think it’s obvious that something sketchy and unethical (possibly even illegal and/or treasonous) took place last year when Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort (among others) met with several Russian officials in Trump Tower.
I say that because it’s also rather obvious that the Trumps are lying about what took place on June 9th of last year.
Following Trump Jr.’s Senate testimony on Thursday, we’re now up to, I believe, four different excuses/explanations for what transpired at that now infamous meeting the Trumps kept hidden from the public for over a year.
CNN’s Jake Tapper actually had a great summary of the various excuses/explanations/lies Trump Jr. has told:
- In March, when Trump’s eldest son was asked by The New York Times if he had ever made contact with any Russians, he denied any such communication had ever taken place. (A lie)
- Then when The New York Times broke the story about the June 9th meeting, Trump Jr. admitted he had met with Russians, but it was about a Russian adoption program.
- Two days later, after Trump Jr. found out The New York Times had his emails, he then admitted that he met with Russians who were promising him “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
- Now, during his Senate testimony, Trump Jr. claimed he took the meeting because he wanted to find out if Clinton was “fit and qualified” to be president.
In a span of just a few months, Trump Jr.’s gone from denying ever having any meetings with Russian officials; to admitting he did, but denying it had anything to do with the campaign; to confessing that it did involve an attempt to get “dirt” on Clinton; and finally now claiming he only took the meeting to make sure Clinton was “fit and qualified” to be president.
I think it’s pretty hard to rationally deny that Trump Jr. (as well as others — including his father) are lying about what took place June 9, 2016.
Well, following Trump’s eldest son’s testimony on Thursday, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) sent out a rather ominous email that should terrify the Trumps.
As reported by Raw Story:
It began, “Below is a statute to bear in mind in regards to Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony today.”
Underneath, he posted the statute of the United States Code regarding false statements to Congress, which says that anyone who “(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry” will be “fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.”
Coons ended the email by saying, “It is important to remember that anyone who testifies in front of a Senate committee is under the restrictions of the False Statements statute that says material false statements to Congress are criminal and punishable with fines or prison or both.”
While he never said Trump Jr. lied, it’s clear that this email was a rather not-so-subtle statement by the senator following his testimony that he didn’t believe everything Trump’s eldest son said Thursday. That shouldn’t surprise anyone considering not only is the excuse Trump Jr. gave utterly absurd, but it’s his third different account of what the meeting was about and why he took it.
Usually, the truth about something doesn’t change, but lies frequently do.
When Trump Jr. initially denied ever meeting with Russians, that was a blatant lie. Since that lie was exposed by The New York Times, nearly every time he’s been asked about that meeting in Trump Tower last June, his story has changed.
While it’s unlikely that he’ll ever seen the inside of a prison cell, based on the email Sen. Coons sent out, it’s obvious that he feels that Donald Trump Jr. wasn’t telling the truth when he spoke to the Senate on Thursday.
However, if it’s proven that Trump Jr. did, indeed, lie to Congress, that could open his father up to even more questions he doesn’t want to answer and scrutiny about his campaign possibly colluding with Russia that he definitely doesn’t want people discussing.
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