But Daddy, Don Junior Doesn't WANT To Testify Any More!
Don Junior, COME ON DOWN! The Senate Intel Committee enjoyed your first performance so much, they're demanding an encore. Guess they can't resist that Divorced Dad Back in the Game beard. Who can, really? But please, no dick pics -- save that shit for Kimmy, bro.
Yesterday Axios got the scoop that SSCI has been negotiating for weeks to have the president's son return for further testimony before the Committee. CNN reports that Deej is handling it with his usual aplomb.
A source close to Trump Jr. said in a statement Wednesday that when Trump Jr. testified in 2017, there was an agreement "that he would only have to come in and testify a single time as long as he was willing to stay for as long as they'd like, which Don did."
"Don continues to cooperate by producing documents and is willing to answer written questions, but no lawyer would ever agree to allow their client to participate in what is an obvious PR stunt from a so-called 'Republican' senator too cowardly to stand up to his boss Mark Warner and the rest of the resistance Democrats on the committee," the source said.
Hasn't he given you people enough?
Axios adds that Junior is "not sure why we're fighting with Republicans," who -- helllooo!!!! -- should know by now that their job is to run interference and nod vigorously when the failson pulls some bogus claim of attorney client privilege out of his ass every time he doesn't feel like answering questions.
Apparently the Republican chair of the Senate Intel Committee didn’t get the memo from the Majority Leader that thi… https://t.co/zoxSYTybAF— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul) 1557353615.0
Yeah, check your inbox, Richard Burr! John Cornyn and Kevin McCarthy sent you similar love notes.
Burr has played a Jekyll and Hyde (but mostly Hyde) role in the Russia investigation. Robert Mueller reported that Burr hightailed it to the White House to blab details of a secret Gang of Eight briefing by James Comey in March of 2017. And Eric Swalwell had to kick Burr in the dick repeatedly for his gross mischaracterization of the report's conclusions about Russian collusion. But he has been an honest enough broker to keep SSCI from descending into trench warfare like a common Devin Nunes over at HPSCI. So ... partial credit, we guess.
The Committee has recalled several witnesses for further testimony since the conclusion of the Mueller investigation, including Jared Kushner, who quietly returned for a closed door interview in March and got back to whatever the hell it is he's supposed to be doing. Deporting all our opioids and building a border wall out of them in East Jerusalem? But DJ is kicking up a fuss and threatening to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights, or maybe just ignore the subpoena and refuse to show up at all. Because laws are for the little people, obviously, and he won't stand for this harassment.
Or maybe he doesn't want to come back and "clarify" his earlier testimony that he was only "peripherally aware" of Michael Cohen's negotiations to build the Trump Tower Moscow in 2016, and that he didn't believe financing for the Trump Tower Moscow was ever discussed. It's just plausible he doesn't want to discuss what he meant just days before the infamous Trump Tower meeting when he told the campaign staff that "he had a lead on negative information about the Clinton Foundation." Possibly Don Jr. is leery of explaining under oath how his signature ended up on those checks to reimburse Michael Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payoff. We are just spitballing here.
Empty Wheel makes the case pretty convincingly that Donald Trump Jr. invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying before Mueller's grand jury. Which is, of course, his absolute right. But he can't simply ignore a congressional subpoena and tell the Committee to get fucked. In normal times, Junior's attorney would simply inform the Committee that his client intended to invoke the privilege against self-incrimination and he would be excused from attending the hearing, thus sparing him the indignity of appearing on television repeatedly shouting, I PLEAD THE FIFTH. But these are not normal times. And while Mitch McConnell might successfully lean on Burr to withdraw the subpoena, or at the very least, not require the Number One Failson to show up in person, Nancy Pelosi will not be blocking the tackle by Adam Schiff.
Oh, lookie here! It's HPSCI Chair Schiff telling Lawrence O'Donnell that House Intel is looking to bring Don Jr. back for another round of questioning.
Get to manscaping, Donny J, it's almost time for your close up!
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