While President Donald Trump continues to rail against the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, testimony from his son, Don Jr., before the Senate Intelligence was released on Wednesday, and it seems to corroborate what we’ve long suspected: The White House has been lying about that infamous Trump Tower meeting all along.
The Blocked Number
Don Jr. has long claimed that he cannot remember a call to someone inbetween calls he made to Emin Agalarov to set up the June 6, 2016 meeting at which “dirt” on Hillary Clinton was to be discussed. Here’s what he told the Senate:
Q: In between the two calls there’s another entry, a call at 4:27 that lasted four minutes from a blocked number. Between Emin’s call to you at 4:04 and your return call to him at 4:31, with whom did you have a call?
TRUMP JR: I have no idea.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testified that Donald Trump’s primary residence has a blocked number, so it strains credulity for Junior to say he has no idea. He likely spoke with his father to let him know the meeting was being arranged and would have a very clear idea of exactly who communicated with on the phone. He would also know that his father has a blocked number.
In addition to the Trump Tower meeting, there’s the explanation of what was discussed by Don Jr. and other members of the Trump campaign. A statement was allegedly crafted by the president aboard Air Force One. That statement, which suggests a cover-up, says the meeting was to discuss Russian adoptions, which had been placed on hold after sanctions were imposed on the Kremlin by the Obama administration.
Q: The Washington Post has since reported that your father was involved in drafting your July 8th statement. Is that correct?
TRUMP JR: I don’t know. I never spoke to my father about it.
Q: Do you know who did draft that statement?
TRUMP JR: Well, there were numerous statements drafted with counsel and other people were involved and, you know, opined.
Q: To the best of your knowledge, did the President provide any edits to the statement or other input?
TRUMP JR: He may have commented through Hope Hicks.
Q: And do you know if his comments provided through Hope Hicks were incorporated into the final statement?
TRUMP JR: I believe some may have been, but this was an effort through lots of people, mostly counsel.
Did Junior toss Hicks under the bus with his statements? Might that be why Hicks — one of the president’s most trusted advisers — suddenly resigned in February? Hicks has met with Mueller’s team of investigators and would seem to be a key witness as to what transpired when the Trump Tower meeting became public.
Clearly, the administration and members of his family are trying to hide something. Robert Mueller is now trying to determine exactly what they did and what charges to bring against the culprits.