Donald Trump Jr. could be the next person facing renewed scrutiny on Thursday after a guilty plea in federal court by his father’s former private attorney, according to at least one expert on the case, “directly” implicates not just President Trump but his eldest son as well.
“Don Jr is in immediate trouble and pops isn’t that far behind.” —journalist Marcy Wheeler
Trump has reportedly canceled a scheduled meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin at this weekend’s G20 summit and he lashed out at Michael Cohen after the former lawyer entered the guilty plea for lying to Congress about a Russian real estate deal he worked on while Trump was running for president in 2016.
According to the Associated Press:
Depending on what else Special Counsel Robert Mueller has come to understand about various aspects of the case—including what he recently told Mueller in written testimony—Cohen’s guilty plea could have significant ramifications:
In the wake of the news, Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House where he called Cohen a “weak person” and accused him of lying to get a lighter sentence.
Independent researcher and journalist Marcy Wheeler, in a post late Thursday morning, argued that Cohen’s testimony “directly” implicates both the president and “his spawn” – meaning Donald Trump Jr., the oldest of the president’s five children.
After running through the details of the testimony, and referring to Trump’s recent written answers he submitted in response to Mueller’s questions, Wheeler says that she “would bet a lot of money Trump lied in his answer” about the contacts he had regarding the Russia real estate deal in 2016. “Don Jr.,” she concludes, “is in immediate trouble and pops isn’t that far behind.”
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The morning’s developments, especially in light of the Republican’s in the Senate blocking an effort on Wednesday to insulate the Mueller probe from further inrterference from the White House, advocacy groups like Public Citizen called on constituents to call their lawmakers and urge them to act: