“The meeting is all set,” Cohen Heard Don Jr. Tell Father Before Trump Tower Meeting

One of the top things people will be listening for as former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testifies publicly today before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, will be whether or not he has any knowledge of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

If Cohen’s opening statement, which was released first to the New York Times , is any indication, we should be in for quite the interesting afternoon.

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In the opening statement that Cohen is expected to provide at the start of the House Oversight Committee’s hearing, Cohen will state that he does not have any “direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia,” but will also drop quite a bombshell in regards to the infamous Trump Tower meeting which took place in June of 2016 between Russians and members of the Trump campaign.

“But, I have my suspicions,” Cohen went on to explain. “Sometime in the summer of 2017, I read all over the media that there had been a meeting in Trump Tower in June 2016 involving Don Jr. and others from the campaign with Russians, including a representative of the Russian government, and an email setting up the meeting with the subject line, ‘Dirt on Hillary Clinton.’ Something clicked in my mind. I remember being in the room with Mr. Trump, probably in early June 2016, when something peculiar happened. Don Jr. came into the room and walked behind his father’s desk – which in itself was unusual. People didn’t just walk behind Mr. Trump’s desk to talk to him. I recalled Don Jr. leaning over to his father and speaking in a low voice, which I could clearly hear, and saying: ‘The meeting is all set.’ I remember Mr. Trump saying, ‘Ok good…let me know.'”

Cohen then notes that throughout his experience with Trump, it was very much unlike the Trump family dynamic for Donald Trump Jr. to have an exchange with his father in his office in this manner, especially considering that Trump never seemed to believe that his son had very good judgement.

“What struck me as I looked back and thought about that exchange between Don Jr. and his father was, first, that Mr. Trump had frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgment of anyone in the world,” Cohen explained. “And also, that Don Jr. would never set up any meeting of any significance alone – and certainly not without checking with his father. I also knew that nothing went on in Trump world, especially the campaign, without Mr. Trump’s knowledge and approval. So, I concluded that Don Jr. was referring to that June 2016 Trump Tower meeting about dirt on 18 Hillary with the Russian representative when he walked behind his dad’s desk that day — and that Mr. Trump knew that was the meeting Don Jr. was talking about when he said, ‘That’s good…let me know.'”

Surely during today’s public hearing Democratic committee members will dig deeper into what else took place in the days surrounding the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June of 2016

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