On Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee released the transcripts from a slate of interviews with participants in the infamous Trump Tower meeting that took place in June of 2016. In total, 2,556 pages were released. Donald Trump Jr. previously said that the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children but the transcripts say otherwise. The panel’s interview with Don Jr. was among the transcripts which were unclassified. Junior accepted the 2016 meeting with a woman described as a Russian government lawyer who was offering political dirt on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Also in the transcripts is another tidbit of information.
According to the transcripts, an attorney for the Trump family’s company, Alan Futerfas, urged a publicist for Russians to support Donald Trump Jr’s version of events and said it “would be our preference” if the representative did not say anything else in response to inquiries about the meeting.
Futerfas also directly contacted two Russians involved in the meeting shortly before its existence was publicly revealed in the media, according to copies of their emails.
After the meeting was revealed, the White House and Don Jr. staunchly defended the gathering at Trump Tower, saying it was appropriate but their explanations changed over time. That seems to be a habit with this administration.
The fact is that Don Jr. agreed to meet with a woman who was described as a Russian government lawyer who offered political dirt on Clinton. “If it’s what you say, I love it!” Junior wrote before accepting the meeting.
Trump Jr, along with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and 2016 Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort, met with Natalia Veselnitskaya. And after that meeting, as noted above, an attorney for the Trump family’s company tried to obstruct any investigation by urging Russians to endorse Junior’s version of events.
Here’s an idea: If they would just tell the truth, they wouldn’t have to keep changing their stories. The truth, though, is a strange concept to the Trumps.