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Trump Just Pulled A Shady Move Ahead Of His Son’s Trump-Russia Senate Testimony

Trump Just Pulled A Shady Move Ahead Of His Son’s Trump-Russia Senate Testimony

 

Yesterday, CNN revealed that Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to a transcribed interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The president’s bumbling namesake will be questioned about the meeting he took with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, which he attended for the express purpose of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton for the 2016 election. President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting with Russian government surrogates.

The Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will be responsible for spearheading the proceedings, in which Don Jr. will be questioned by senior committee staff while senators are invited to observe.

Now, The Guardian has revealed that Trump may be attempting to influence Grassley in advance of the private Don Jr. hearing. Today, Trump called Grassley to express his support for ethanol biofuel. The senator is a huge proponent of the initiative, and it’s a major issue for his constituents. 

The timing of Trump’s call – the day after CNN’s announcement – is highly suspect. Between responding to Hurricane Harvey, and rolling out his tax reform announcements in Missouri today, it seems unlikely that Trump would have ethanol on his mind. Far more likely, he reached out to shore up an alliance with Grassley before Donald Junior sits down in front of the senate.

More importantly, ethanol is not “good good good.” It’s worse for the environment than gasoline and subsidizing it indirectly leads to higher food prices worldwide. The farmers who get the subsidies aren’t reliant on them for economic survival, and the federal funds diverted to them could be much better used elsewhere.

Supporting ethanol subsidies is a transparent way to pander to Iowa voters, which is why Grassley is such a huge supporter. Trump, in turn, seems to be pandering to Grassley to protect his son and himself.

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Written by Laura Conway

Laura Conway

Laura Conway always loves a good argument. She likes traveling, adopting new animals, and reading a good book.

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