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Don Trump Jr. Says Father Didn’t Obstruct Justice By Pressuring FBI Chief

President Trump’s eldest son rose to his father’s defense this week, as the administration was reeling from multiple scandals, The Washington Post reported.

Donald Trump Jr. claimed the president was not obstructing justice in February when he allegedly pressured FBI Director James Comey to stop the bureau’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. On Twitter, the “first son” forwarded a message from reporter Geraldo Rivera, who wrote: “News Flash, @realDonaldTrump hoping @JamesComeyFBI cuts @MikeFlynn some slack because he is a ‘good man’ is not close to #Obstruction.” Trump Jr. added: “Truth.”

Comey announced that he wrote a memo immediately following his White House conversation with the president. He accused Trump of having called Flynn “a good guy” and said, “I hope you can let this go.” Trump fired Comey last week, citing the bureau’s failure to find incriminating evidence regarding Hillary Clinton’s email practices as secretary of state. However, the president told NBC News that he dismissed the director because of the Russian probe.

The FBI, as well as several congressional committees, are trying to determine how Russia interfered with the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign conspired in those efforts. According to U.S. intelligence agencies, Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered last summer’s cyber attacks on Democratic Party and Clinton campaign officials.

In a second Twitter message, Donald Trump Jr. criticized a National Public Radio editor who claimed Rivera’s comment (and the younger Trump’s approval of it) confirmed that the president had inappropriately pressured Comey. “Give me a break,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote. “Me agreeing with someone’s interpretation of a theory does nothing of the sort. You’re trying way to hard.”

In a statement released Tuesday, White House officials maintained that “the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end an investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.” The statement added: “This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.’’

The Post also reported that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, in a floor speech on Wednesday, called on the administration to give congressional investigators any White House tapes and transcripts of the president’s talks with Comey. Just a few days after firing the director, Trump warned him that there might be “tapes” of the conversations.

“The president said Mr. Comey was wrong (about the discussion concerning Flynn). Prove it,” Schumer declared. “It’s easy to prove — as long as there are tapes or transcripts. If the president is right, he’ll have no problem releasing tapes or transcripts.”

Source: Washington Post
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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