At today’s House Intelligence Committee session between committee members and Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son was grilled about his June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with links to the Kremlin.
House investigators sought to discover the contents of Trump Jr.’s conversation with his father once news of the potentially incriminating meeting broke. Trump Jr., however, alleged that he did not speak to his father, but rather Hope Hicks, who is now the White House communications director.
Trump Jr.’s testimony will undoubtedly put Hicks squarely in investigators’ crosshairs, if she has not already been interviewed by special counselor Robert Mueller.
The meeting was a point of particular controversy for the White House. Trump Jr. attended in hopes of gathering dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, along with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner.
Of those in attendance, Manafort has already been charged and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Because there was already an ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the White House’s involvement in the meeting is not only bad optics, but possibly evidence of illegal activity. Depending on Veselnitskaya’s relationship to the Kremlin, the meeting may very well be considered colluding with a foreign government to influence the outcome of an election, which is illegal in the United States.
Trump Jr. may be willing to throw other members of his father’s administration under the bus but eventually, justice will be served. No amount of stalling, deceiving or lying is going to keep the President – or his complicit children – out of prison.