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Chait writes: "The details of the expected indictment remain to be seen. But if Trump Jr. did lie under oath, the obvious question is why."

Trump Jr. campaigns for Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia on October 22, 2018. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Trump Jr. campaigns for Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia on October 22, 2018. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Jr. Expecting to Be Indicted by Mueller Soon

By Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

07 November 18


ast year, Donald Trump Jr. testified that he never informed his father of a meeting with Russian officials promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. It seemed hard to believe that the ne’er-do-well son would neglect to seek credit for his expected campaign coup from the father whose approval he so obviously craves. And now it seems that Robert Mueller has obtained proof that it is not in fact true. The Trump family lies all the time, of course, but doing it under oath is a crime.

Two days ago, Gabriel Sherman reported that White House officials are concerned about Donald Jr. “I’m very worried about Don Jr.,” a former West Wing official told Sherman, who fears Mueller will be able to prove perjury. Deep in a report about Trump’s 2020 campaign plans, Politico drops the news this morning that Trump Jr. “has told friends in recent weeks that he believes he could be indicted.”

If it’s what you’re saying, we love it.

The details of the expected indictment remain to be seen. But if Trump Jr. did lie under oath, the obvious question is why. He had a lawyer, who presumably informed him of the dangers of perjury. Why take the risk of perjury to deny having informed his father about a meeting with Russian officials if the contacts produced absolutely nothing?

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-120 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-07 14:12
Maybe Meuller's "grande finale" will be to indict a lot of little fish -- Trump, Jr., Roger Stone, Randy Credico, Lee Stranahan, and such others. That would be a fitting finale to a grande time waster.

Who really cares whether Trump, Jr. told daddy or not? What was there to tell about? So far, there is nothing, so what could he have said to Daddy Trump.

I think the Democrat's use of the Russiagate myths in the 2018 election cost them votes and seats in the house and senate. Had they focused on things that matter to the American people, they'd control the senate now.
+31 # HarryP 2018-11-07 15:16
Keep the faith, Rodion!!!
Someone tell Mueller he better stick to the little fish lest he suffer Ahab’s when he finally caught the white whale.
But if there’s nothing to the “myths” of Russiagate, why are Trump & Co. so worried? Why all the lies - from no one in the campaign aver talked to a single Russian to no one ever contacted Julian Assange?
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-09 16:02
HP -- right you are. Trump is Mueller's white whale. Now let's see if he brings down the whole ship in his maniacal pursuit of the quintessence of evil.
+27 # ljslotnick 2018-11-07 15:47
Note to RR: Robert Mueller served as Dir of the FBI for the entirety of the GW Bush administrations . Continued under Obama for another four years. He was appointed by Rod Rosenstein. Mueller is just doing his job. Give it a rest. And don't even pretend to be a political strategist. And if you're okay with Russian interference in US elections (you continue to state that it never happened while it has been proven and documented,) he will someday be coming after you, too. Yes, he will. Perhaps a bed in a US federal penitentiary would be cosier than your current accommodations ?
-8 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-09 10:55
lj -- yes, I know that. He's the second longest serving FBI director after J. Edgar Hoover. And he is the second most corrupt director after Hoover. He politicized his investigatory powers more than anyone other than Hoover.

Take this from MSNBC:

"But Figliuzzi told the anchor of The 11th Hour, Brian Williams, he had “a theory” that Mueller has already indicated what he is going to do.

“I think he’s ready to indict some folks and through those indictments will tell the story of what he’s found against the president.

“I’m not saying he’s indicting the president. I’m saying there’s a middle ground where he tells us the story, locks it into the court system by indicting others, then files a report with Whitaker,” he added.
“Perhaps what we’ll see is Bob Mueller telling us the story of a corrupt president through indictments.”

This is just political -- telling a story about Trump by destroying other people's lives. That's an abuse of power. None of his indictments so far have anything really to do with Trump but the "narrative" spun out in the media is that they do. This is not Justice; this is the corruption of justice.

Trump may be a bad person. I personally think he is. But there are rules in law that are more important than one jerk like Trump.
+25 # HenryS1 2018-11-07 15:28
I wonder if Trump will just pardon his son if convicted? Nothing stops him from issuing "get out of jail" cards to cronies and relatives.

(not responding to troll least trying not to....sigh..... )
+19 # MJnevetS 2018-11-07 16:20
Rodion, I guess the troll den you work at never sleeps. Trump just fired Jeff Sessions and it wasn't because Mueller's investigation is goign away. He is terrified. Who knows, maybe he'll come join you in Russia.
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-09 10:58
MJ -- in fact you are the troll. Check the definition of a troll. It is someone who attacks others on a website and does not comment on the subject matter at hand. I try to stick to the subject.

Your comment about Sessions is on topic. Sessions was a terrible AG. Maybe the next guy won't be so obsessed with immigration and pot smokers.
+30 # kcmwilson 2018-11-07 20:37
Rodion, you started okay. The problem for Mueller is going to be trying to determine just how far and deep Donald Sr. stuck his little fist into that kettle of fish. It is fairly certain that the Russians used Trump properties to launder mob money for years after Donald Sr. ran out of options to raise money. It is also fairly certain that his tax records would show just how he covered this money laundering. He is in deep doo doo and he knows it. No one really knows what came of that meeting with Junior. Or maybe someone does...someone with worldwide ties to Russians...k
+9 # janie1893 2018-11-08 01:32
RR is simply an attention seeker and adds very little insight to any discussion of the articles contained herein.
+16 # tsyganka 2018-11-08 12:21
Update 08.11.2018. Fascist trump has forced Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to retire, notably because Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III recused himself, as required by law, from the Mueller investigation. Now matt whittaker is in the AG slot, and he's openly hostile to Mueller.

If trump is so fricking innocent, he should take an hour or two off from his incessant watching of rupert murdoch's Fox propaganda and voluntarily sit down Under Oath to chat with Mr Mueller. But he won't. I take that as trump's admission that he's guilt as hell of Something.

How nice that Maxine Waters will head the financial committee in January and already has an eye on Deutsche Bank, notable money launderer for Russian oligarchs and provider of loans to twumpie.
-3 # Anne Frank 2018-11-09 11:26
Who benefits from keeping the idiot masses in a fit of hysterical hatred toward Russia and its president? Note that none of Mueller's indictments has anything to do with interference in any election; they all are for the crime of lying to federal agents. When we lie to the government, it is a felony. When the government lies to us, it is politics. The best thing that could happen to the United States would be to get rid of Mueller and his deep state histrionics so the U.S. could develop relations with Russia based on mutual self interest and thwart the deep state's lust for nuclear war.
+5 # Kulak 2018-11-09 14:43
"Deep state histrionics"?? Mueller is a professional prosecutor who is doing his job. If you think this is just another Starr-like inquisition, why have so many Trump allies plead guilty?
The histrionics are all coming from Trump and his allies, squealing like
stuck pigs. Why? Because they know Trump is as guilty as sin and they're terrified of being brought to justice.
+2 # DongiC 2018-11-10 03:39
You know what the American people, speaking through their representatives in Congress, are going to say to Sir Donald? " YOU'RE
FIRED!" By gosh, how sweet a sound that will be.
+3 # photojack53 2018-11-10 17:04
All Americans should be sincerely hoping the Mueller investigation nets Trump, Pence and probably most of the Republican leadership. You KNOW that they discussed Russian intervention, voter disenfranchisem ent, gerrymandering and other dirty, horrid tactics to "win" elections where they know they would otherwise fail miserably. Mueller has ALL the emails, Tweets and correspondence from Trump's insiders, 8 of which have already plead guilty and have turned state's witness. Their insidious lies, purposeful deceptions and violations of their oaths of office are there for the viewing. Mueller needs to stop at nothing less than sweeping ALL of these corrupt and immoral politicians and GOP operatives out of the White House and sentence them to the long prison terms they duly deserve. TRUMP NEEDS AN ORANGE JUMPSUIT.
There is no other way to fix this broken system than to declare the election of 2016 null and void and undo EVERYTHING Trump and the Republicans enacted since that tainted election, ALL executive orders, ALL judicial appointees, including Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, ALL his other appointees such as Betsy DeVos, Ryan Zinke, Andrew Wheeler (Scott Pruitt's replacement), Matt Whitaker and others as actions from an ILLEGITIMATE president.

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