There is at least one person in the inner circle of popular vote loser Donald Trump that is more inept at the political game than the President himself, and that man has a very similar name: Donald Trump Jr. Don Jr. is so bad at this stuff it makes his dad look like FDR.
Now, reports are surfacing that claim Trump Jr.’s earlier assertion that he didn’t ask for anything from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and merely listened in their infamous June 2016 meeting were not true.
A Trump lied?! Shocking, right?
And, it’s not just a friendly little white lie, either. This lie has serious legal implications, as Seth Abramson points out:
From the NBC report:
“Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting whether she had evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, the lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee in answers to written questions obtained exclusively by NBC News.”
“The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, told the committee that she didn’t have any such evidence, and that she believes Trump misunderstood the nature of the meeting after receiving emails from a music promoter promising incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent.”
“Though some may see her answers as self-serving, Veselnitskaya’s written answers reinforced what has long been understood about the Trump Tower meeting: that Donald Trump Jr. accepted it on the promise of incriminating information about Clinton that he had been told was coming from the Russian government. And he asked Veselnitskaya directly whether she had it, according to her written answers. Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were also in attendance, as were a Russian lobbyist, a Russian businessman and a translator.
Mueller bringing down Trump Jr. would be by far the closest he’s gotten to President Trump in this probe to date, and may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and causes Trump to fire Mueller. If he does that, though, he will have committed such an act of political suicide that even he can’t recover from.