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
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