With so many political fights and corruption scandals during Donald Trump‘s presidency, it’s hard to even remember the early days.
But before all the indictments and guilty pleas, Trump and all his cronies — Flynn, Kushner, Manafort, Sessions — were actually lying about all their contacts with Russian agents. Back then Donald Trump, Jr. was the first to take the new “Who cares?” tack.
He shamelessly tweeted out the email proof he had set up a big meeting between Team Trump and an agent of an agent of Putin in June 2016. He just said it didn’t matter because she turned out not to have the goods.
(Um, isn’t this kind of like the guy who finds out his hooker is an undercover cop trying to say he should go free because didn’t actually get to have the sex?)
Well, on Wednesday the Senate Judiciary Committee finally released the 200 page transcript of their interview with Trump Jr. about that meeting, and suddenly “Who cares?” has been replaced with “Who can remember?”
DJTJ says over and over again he “doesn’t remember” or “can’t recall” — over a HUNDRED TIMES — to the point it seems like maybe he should take that brain damage test.
That’s the number of Times Donald Trump Jr. said that he didn’t recall during his testimony in front of The Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the Trump Tower meeting on June 9.
103 Freaking Times!
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 16, 2018
New: Trump Jr talked to Emin Agalarov who arranged Trump Tower meeting then made 11-minute phone call to a blocked number. Trump Jr said he couldn’t remember who he called. However, Dems note Corey Lewandowski testified Candidate Trump’s primary residence has a blocked number.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 16, 2018
4. Does anyone think it’s plausible that Trump Jr. does not know whether or not his father uses a blocked telephone number? He talks to him on the phone. How does he not know?
Trump Jr. doesn’t go a day without talking to his father.
The idea that Trump Jr. “can’t remember” talking to his father about the Trump Tower collusion meeting├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥which included Trump’s campaign manager and son-in-law├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥is fucking ridiculous.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ P├â┬⌐ Resists (@4everNeverTrump) May 16, 2018
Rookie tip for anyone reading the Donald Trump Jr transcripts, whenever he says “I don’t remember” or “I have no idea” he is avoiding a lie and tying to keep from committing perjury.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 16, 2018
Trump Jr. testifies that his father heard about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting from news reports, but did not “express surprise” or ask why he hadn’t been told: pic.twitter.com/SfhsFD7gs9
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) May 16, 2018
Trump Jr. admitted that Trump shaped his statement about the Trump Tower meeting through Hope Hicks, and said that she asked him if he wanted to speak directly with Trump. He declined because he “didn├óΓé¼Γäót want to bring” his father into “something he had nothing to do with.” pic.twitter.com/WVJNQ3kGnq
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 16, 2018
And there we have the quid pro quo:
“Donald Trump Jr. shut down the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower by telling his Russian guests perhaps they’d revisit the discussion about lifting sanctions legislation should his father win the election.” https://t.co/FsQSltN2jQ
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) May 16, 2018
If I’ve learned anything from Law & Order, it├óΓé¼Γäós that a 40-yr-old trust fund kid described by his parents as “a good boy” is always guilty.
Donald Trump Jr.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) May 16, 2018
[Image via CNN.]