Donald Trump Jr. made what sounded like an admission of wrongdoing during a wide-ranging interview with “Fox & Friends.”
The Fox News hosts asked the president’s son to comment on investigations into the Trump family’s business dealings by the Southern District of New York, which wouldn’t be subject to the same Department of Justice guidelines as special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I’m old enough to remember two weeks ago when Mueller would be the savior,” Trump Jr said. “That’s not what they’re trying to do — they’re not investigating actual crimes anymore. They’re literally trying to find something they can make a big deal of.”
The president’s son expressed confidence that he and his family would not be prosecuted.
“I’ve been hearing this for two years — everyone is getting, everyone is going to jail,” he said. “Meanwhile, they haven’t actually found anything relates to this. What they did was put incredible pressure on regular guys that couldn’t afford million dollars in legal fees, and got them to slip up, say something incorrectly. They pretended they were their friends.”
Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, former national security adviser Mike Flynn, longtime Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have all pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.
“There are no actual crimes,” Trump Jr. said. “There’s only things that people did in past lives, in 2006 before we even thought we ever get into this crazy world, and that’s what it is. They’re touting these things as victories — it’s not. What it has been a total farce, the greatest witch-hunt in American history.”
The guilty pleas and convictions cover crimes that occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign and after the 2017 inauguration, although some of Manafort’s crimes continued well into 2018.
.@DonaldJTrumpJr on MUELLER: "There are no actual crimes. There's only things that people did in past lives, in 2006 before we even thought we'd ever get into this crazy world… it's that old Stalinist tactic." pic.twitter.com/a0gWJaBaaa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2019
Prosecutors want hearing on revoking Roger Stone’s bail after he posted right-wing propaganda despite gag order
Roger Stone may have violated his gag order with Instagram postings and federal prosecutors want a hearing for a judge to consider modifying the conditions of his release from jail pending trial.
"On or about June 18 and 19, 2019, the defendant posted to Instagram and Facebook, commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue," prosecutors said in a filing the day after the most recent posting.
Stone is a longtime political advisor to Donald Trump.
Apple says US tariffs on China would backfire
Apple is warning the US administration that proposed tariffs on Chinese imports would be counterproductive, saying they would hurt the iPhone maker's competitiveness and "tilt the playing field" to non-American rivals.
In comments filed this week to the US Trade Representative, Apple said the tariff proposal by President Donald Trump would hurt Apple's ability to compete and also end up reducing the tech giant's contributions to the US economy in taxes and investments.
The Apple comments dated June 17 noted that the company is the largest US corporate taxpayer and also is on track to invest some $350 billion in the country over five years.
Prosecutors debunk right-wing conspiracy theory in new legal smackdown of Roger Stone
Federal prosecutors debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the far-right in a new legal brief filed on Thursday.
Longtine Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone had argued federal investigators relied upon a report from the cyber research firm Crowdstrike to conclude that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.
That contention, according to federal prosecutors, is "incorrect."
"While the prosecutors did not go into detail, they noted that the investigators gathered evidence of the Russians’ involvement independently, which led to the indictment last year of 12 Russian military officials in connection with the DNC hack," Politico reported.