As President Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen gears up to testify before Congress about the scope of the president’s criminality, Donald Trump Jr. on Monday went on Fox News to try to diminish the array of offenses Special Counsel Robert Mueller has already uncovered inside his father’s orbit.
First, Junior said that Trump’s indicted henchmen, including Cohen, Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn, faced “incredible pressure” and are just “regular guys” who cannot afford their legal fees (false: they are all millionaires).
Mueller, Junior suggested, “got them to slip up and say something incorrectly.” This is also untrue, as all three men were charged and either convicted or pleaded guilty to intentionally lying to investigators.
“That’s all that happened,” Junior said. “There are no actual crimes.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper fact-checked Junior Monday night, noting that Mueller has filed 199 criminal counts since he began his investigation into the Russian cyber attack on the 2016 election and the president’s efforts to obstruct justice.
This has resulted in criminal charges against 37 people and business entities. So far, four people have been sentenced to prison, including Cohen, Flynn, Manafort, Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates, and Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos.
Tapper had a reality check for Junior, who heads the Trump Organization – which is under investigation by the Southern District of New York.
“Lying to Congress is a crime. Lying to the FBI is a crime. Witness tampering is a crime. Violating campaign finance laws is a crime. Criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States by interfering in the U.S. election, which Mueller is charging several Russians with having done? That’s definitely a crime. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud, that’s is a crime. Bank fraud, that’s a crime.”
“That’s just some of them,” Tapper said. “And, as far as we know, Mueller is not even done.”
Grab the popcorn, this is going to be quite a week.
WOOHOO!!! This is going to be FUN and ENTERTAINING!!!
— News Drunk (@News_Drunk) February 26, 2019
I’ve cleared my schedule for Wednesday…lol
— Glenna Gill (@GlennaKGill) February 26, 2019
So, Republicans are going to “poke holes” because of his previous lies … which he did to protect the Republican president. History will not reflect kindly on them.
— John (@freako_paul) February 26, 2019
On Tuesday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also tried to discredit Cohen in a statement.