BREAKING: Trump Fed Russians A Prepared Statement About Trump Tower Meeting | Addicting Info
You know how Trump has been ALLCAPS rage-tweeting the words “NO COLLUSION” over and over for months? Yeah…about that…
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee released a whopping 2,500 pages of testimony with Trump Jr. and others who met with a “Russian government attorney” at Trump Tower in 2016 (a meeting even Trump loyalist Steve Bannon called “treasonous”) to discuss damaging information on Hillary Clinton — and the documents reveal that there was, indeed, collusion to the point that Trump’s people told the Russians involved exactly what to say to the press.
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) May 16, 2018
“Please consider the following as a statement,” Trump Organization attorney Alan Futerfas said to British publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the meeting. “Please note that there will always be potential follow-up questions to any statement but if you feel comfortable with this statement and are comfortable saying nothing more, at least for the time being, that would be our preference. Again, any statement should be accurate as to your very best recollection.”
And Goldstone forwarded the email to Ike Kaveladze, one of Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov’s executives with the subject line, “Here is statement by Trump lawyers which they have asked me to release.”
“The Committee’s staff interviews reveal that top Trump campaign officials were frustrated and angry that the meeting did not produce enough damaging information on their opponent,” Democratic senators on the judiciary committee said in a statement after the documents were released. “Their efforts to conceal the meeting and its true purpose are consistent with a larger pattern of false statements about the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia.”
In addition, the documents reveal that Trump Jr. “couldn’t remember” more than 104 very important things no sane person would forget — like with whom at a blocked number he spoke directly after the meeting (his father has a blocked number and tweeted about Hillary’s emails directly following the meeting).
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!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 16, 2018
P. 26-28: Don Jr. “believes” on the day of the Trump Tower meeting he spoke with Emin Agalarov (this call was also described in House Intel report).
Following that, Don Jr. had a call lasting 4-minutes to a blocked number. Don Jr. couldn’t remember to whom he spoke.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 16, 2018
Donald Trump Jr speaks w/ Emin Agalarov, then calls someone for “four minutes from a blocked number.” When asked who he called, Don Jr. says he has “no idea.” It’s a known fact Donald Trump has a blocked number.
Reminder: making false statements to Congress is a felony. pic.twitter.com/LFUCYl4M11
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) May 16, 2018
Seriously, his memory is absolutely terrible when it’s convenient for him:
Q: Do you know anything about Trump people meeting Russia people?
DON JR: No not at all!
Q: But it’s been all over the news for months
DON JR: Okay yeah gimme a redo on that question. I read about it after the fact.
DON JR: And oh yeah I also knew they were happening at the time. pic.twitter.com/2GdEMF4S0A
— Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) May 16, 2018
He did seemingly admit that his father had a hand in drafting the statement lying to Americans about the meeting though:
Don Jr. appears to have admitted to the Judiciary Committee that his father likely played a role in drafting that statement lying to America about the real reason for the Trump Tower meeting: pic.twitter.com/WFEo8Gl1up
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 16, 2018
As we wait for more information, one thing is for certain: Trump is shaking in his boots right now.