Donald Trump Jr. Releases Statement After Meeting With Senate Judiciary Committee
On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted a statement following his 5+ hour meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I met with the Senate Judiciary Committee today. I am thankful for their professionalism and courtesy,” tweeted Trump Jr.
I met with the Senate Judiciary Committee today. I am thankful for their professionalism and courtesy. pic.twitter.com/zIYkNOd4Zn
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 7, 2017
Key details of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Senate investigators have already leaked. According to the New York Times, Trump Jr. took the ‘Russia meeting’ to gauge Hillary Clinton’s ‘fitness’ for office.
New York Times reports:
A copy of Mr. Trump’s statement was obtained by The New York Times.
The acknowledgment by the president’s eldest son that he intended to seek legal counsel after the meeting suggests that he knew, or at least suspected, that accepting potentially damaging information about a rival campaign from a foreign country raised thorny legal issues.
“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” he said. “Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”
Mr. Trump sat down with committee investigators in the Capitol shortly before 9:30 a.m. and was expected to remain under questioning for several hours. The interview was being conducted by staff, but a handful of Democratic senators attended.
Mr. Trump entered the Capitol under cover and did not speak with reporters.