Trump Jr.: Trump Jr. lied to Congress on Russia, then lied again about meeting with Russians
Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump’s eldest son, told a congressional panel Monday that he lied about meeting Russians with damaging information about Hillary Clinton during a meeting last year.
In an appearance at the House Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, disputed Trump Jr’s version of events and told the panel that the younger Trump is “very forthcoming” and “represents a full and fair account of what occurred.”
Trump Jr.”s account of the January 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer to which he was promised information on Clinton’s Democratic rival was widely reported in the media and on social media.
Kasowtiz also said that Trump Jr and the younger man who attended the meeting have no conflict of interest and that they did not receive a payment for their efforts. “
He would never have participated in the conversation if he thought the information contained in the emails was going to hurt her, but the reality is, this is a meeting where he was told that the information that he was presented with was the truth and he was misled,” Kasowitz told the committee.
Kasowtiz also said that Trump Jr and the younger man who attended the meeting have no conflict of interest and that they did not receive a payment for their efforts.
“There is no conflict between Mr. Trump Jr.-in-law and the president’s personal interests,” Kasowts told the House panel.
He noted that Trump Sr. and his son have no conflicts of interest.
“In my view, he’s fully cooperating with the investigation,” Kasows told the Judiciary panel.
The younger Trump has come under fire from Republicans for not providing information to congressional investigators about the meeting.
But Kasowitz defended the president, saying Trump Jr didn’t tell the truth in the first place.
“It’s not his job to tell the public what he knew,” Kasowsky said.
“This is not the first time he’s misled the American people and he is not alone.”
During the committee’s hearing, Trump’s son also testified that he didn’t know anything about the Clinton email probe and that he believed that the Russian government was behind the hack of Democratic National Committee computers.
Kasowsky’s defense of the president went further, as he said Trump knew nothing about the probe.
“I don’t believe that President Trump was aware of any investigation into the Russians involvement in the 2016 election,” Kasouf told the Senate committee.
“What I think he did know is that the president was upset by it, that he felt it was a false attack on his son, and that the media had done a disservice to the president by not reporting what he told them,” Kaso said.
Trump has previously defended the younger version of the meeting, calling it “very, very truthful.”
But in a tweet last week, Trump wrote that Kasowitz was “playing dumb.”
Trump’s lawyer, Brett Kavanaugh and Kasowitz testified at the same hearing Monday, as did former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who testified earlier in the day about his interactions with Trump Jr about Russia.