Donald Trump Jr. has directly contradicted yet another lie told by his father, President Donald J. Trump.
Following James Comey’s testimony about conversations he had with Trump regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the 45th POTUS clearly stated that he never told Comey to drop his investigation into Flynn.
“I think it’s clear that everything that went on in the Comey testimony was basically ridiculous,” Trump Jr. told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night.
“You and I both know my father a long time. When he tells you to do something, guess what, there’s no ambiguity in it. There’s no, ‘Hey, I’m hoping.’ You and I are friends, ‘Hey, hope this happens but you get to do your job.’ That’s what he told Comey,” he added.
Comey appeared in front of the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday where he said Trump told him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”
Trump denied that claim on Friday, stating, “I didn’t say that. I didn’t say that. I mean, I will tell you, I didn’t say that.”
Trump said he would be willing to testify under oath to his account of their conversations.
Here’s what Donald Trump Jr. said in contradiction to this father’s claims of innocence.
Off message here for Trump Jr. Says his father did tell Comey he hoped he let the Flynn investigation go. His dad says that's a lie. pic.twitter.com/oOhaFgZY4a
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 11, 2017
Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz also said his client “never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone.”
But Trump Jr.’s comments suggest that his father did try to steer the FBI away from the investigation. He then went on to suggest that James Comey may have been leaking documents for a long time.
“I mean, he said he’s a leaker,” Trump Jr. said. “If he did it this time, how many other times did [he] do it?”
“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump tweeted. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”
Legal critics have called the suggestion that Comey broke the law nothing short of humorous.
Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution had this to say about the leaks:
“First of all, Comey was very clear that the memo that he wrote was intentionally written in unclassified form so that it would not be bound up in classification rules. So if the claim is that he’s admitted to leaking classified information, that’s simply factually false.”
We’ve become accustomed to the Trump family lying through their teeth and this time is no different.
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