The next holiday supper for the Trump family just got significantly more awkward – that is, if they’re not in prison yet and are even able to attend.
Donald Trump Jr testified in front of Congress today about his meeting with representatives for the Russian government during the election. While it wasn’t publicly aired on television, portions have already leaked out.
Junior’s testimony, an incompetent effort to get himself off the hook, instead nailed himself and his father for obstruction of justice.
Here’s the crucial passage from Trump Jr’s testimony, as reported by the New York Times: “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.” Now let’s analyze what just happened here.
First, Donald Trump Jr just admitted that his first public response about the meeting was an act.
After the media first exposed the meeting, he claimed the meeting didn’t have anything to do with the campaign.
Lying to the public or to the media is not a crime in and of itself. But in this situation it’s easy to understand that Junior initially lied to the public with the hopes of throwing off the current investigation into his father’s Russia scandal – meaning that Junior admitted to committing obstruction of justice. And he just nailed his father.
It’s since become known that Donald Trump himself wrote the initial false statement that Donald Trump Jr gave to the media.
Now that Junior is admitting that statement about the Russia meeting is false, he’s admitting that Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice by making him lie about its nature.
This is probably why Junior tried to avoid testifying for so long: he was a in a no-win situation to start with, and his idiocy has made it even worse than it needed to be for himself and his father.