Soon after former FBI director James B. Comey testified that President Trump told him that he “hoped” the FBI would drop its investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the president's personal lawyer flatly denied that accusation and said Trump “never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone.”
But Donald Trump Jr. — the president's eldest son — seemed to confirm Comey's version of events in a Saturday interview on Fox News as he tried to emphasize the fact that his father did not directly order Comey to stop investigating Flynn.
“When he tells you to do something, guess what? There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping,'" Trump said. “You and I are friends: 'Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey. And for this guy as a politician to then go back and write a memo: 'Oh, I felt threatened.' He felt so threatened — but he didn't do anything.”
Trump also said that Comey's testimony “vindicated” the president and that everything in it was “basically ridiculous.”
“I think he's proven himself to be a liar in all of this. I think he's proven himself to be a dishonest man of bad character,” Trump said.
His comment came during an interview with Jeanine Pirro, a former New York district attorney and judge who is a longtime friend of the Trump family. Pirro has long been a go-to interviewer for the president and his allies when they need a sympathetic cable news host who will enthusiastically agree with them and not ask any difficult questions. (That same day, Pirro attended a baby shower in New York for Lara Trump, who is married to Eric Trump.) After the interview aired late Saturday night, Pirro tweeted: “Such a great interview!” Trump agreed and tweeted: “Good times. Thanks Judge.”
Talk about media in the tank for the White House, huh. The Trump kids aren't nearly as smart as they think they are, but look who they learned from
Hours after Donald Trump Jr unloaded on James Comey in a Fox News interview on Saturday, President Trump sent a Sunday morning Twitter attack in Comey's direction.
Trump's tweet: "I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'"
Team Trump unleashed their media hitman, Corey Lewandowski, this weekend openly calling for Comey to be prosecuted and jailed
, because that's what dictators do to dissidents.
“Look, what he admitted yesterday, George, is this guy’s the leaker. He is the deep state in Washington that is everything is wrong. He admitted under oath that he gave his contemporaneous notes to a law professor,” Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “And if that’s what he has done, he continues to do this, if this is his pattern, as the FBI director he absolutely should have been fired, and if he is the chronic leaker he should be potentially prosecuted for leaking information.”
Again, the toughest job in America right now is being Trump's lawyer screaming internally every time he tweets or his staff pulls nonsense calling for a gross abuse of power. That's because Robert Mueller continues to expand the Trump/Russia investigation with top personnel
, as Paul Rosenzweig at Lawfare notes:
What's the worst thing that happened to Donald Trump this week? It was NOT Director Comey's testimony. Rather, it must be the late Friday news that Robert Mueller has hired Michael Dreeben, on a part-time basis, to help with his investigation. Dreeben, a deputy in the Office of the Solicitor General, has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court. His specialty has, for the last 20 years, been criminal matters and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law. I once saw him argue a Supreme Court matter without a single note. In short, he is quite possibly the best criminal appellate lawyer in America (at least on the government's side). That Mueller has sought his assistance attests both to the seriousness of his effort and the depth of the intellectual bench he is building.
Trump's incompetent toadies versus the best the government has to offer? It won't even be a contest. Having already hired the DoJ's top fraud division lawyer in Andrew Weissmann
earlier this month, Mueller is putting together the team necessary to sink Trump.
The question down the road is when Mueller comes back with his tale of money laundering and criminal activity, will Trump simply pardon everyone and Republicans move on as I expect? It may fall to NY state AG Eric Schniederman to land the real blows
as Trump can't pardon state crimes.
But in the end as I've said, only the House GOP can impeach Trump, and even then there will never be 67 Senate votes to remove him, and even should I be wrong on that, who would enforce that when Trump has control of the US military?
This is a marathon, folks, not a sprint.