Donald Trump Jr. Says He Can’t Remember Telling Dad About Russian Meeting At Trump Tower
Donald Trump Jr. said in 2017 that he could not recall telling his dad about the meeting that he and others had with Russian operatives in his father’s Trump Tower building in June 2016.
The Senate Judiciary Committee released transcripts of Trump Jr.’s 2017 testimony in connection with the congressional investigation of Russia election interference, notes RawStory.com.
Trump Jr. told the committee that he could not recall if his dad knew about a meeting he helped set up with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, at Trump Tower:
I mean, obviously he’s aware of it now because he’s read it, it’s been in the papers, but that’s the extent of my knowledge of his knowledge about it.
Trump Jr. insisted his dad didn’t know about the meeting because it had nothing to do with his dad:
Frankly, by the time anyone was aware of it, which was summer of this year (2017), as I stated earlier, I wouldn’t have wanted to get him involved in it because it had nothing to do with him.
Trump Jr. also claimed that he never spoke to his father about crafting a misleading statement in 2017 about the meeting, but admitted his dad “may” have had some involvement in the statement through former White House aide Hope Hicks:
I believe some may have been, but this was an effort through lots of people, mostly counsel. he asked if I wanted to actually speak to him, and I chose not to because I didn’t want to bring him into some thing that he had nothing to do with.
Trump Jr. also could not remember had a four-minute conversation with someone whose telephone number was blocked, and did not know if his dad’s number was blocked.