President Donald Trump indicated that the ongoing Russia probe is one big... joke?
Earlier today, the president lauded his son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner for his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and took another opportunity to discredit the investigation. Then he said that investigators, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, would go after his youngest son next.
Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Trump's tweet might be an indication that the investigation has deeply penetrated his close knit family circle.
Condemnation was both harsh and swift.
Firstly, Kushner didn't prove anything. He refused to testify under oath, implying guilt. You expect us to take his word?— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) July 25, 2017
1. Kushner is obviously party to your collusion and his lies to Congress don't help— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) July 25, 2017
2. Stop dragging your child into this as a prop!
Exploiting his 11 year old son Barron Trump for politics is reprehensible. How dare he.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 25, 2017
Can someone explain WTF he even means by this? Why put Barron in the middle of his corruption? What does he even mean?— Dyann (@Dyann057) July 25, 2017
Kushner found himself in the spotlight after President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., revealed that he met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian attorney, during the presidential campaign. An intermediary for Veselnitskaya promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic opponent. Trump Jr.’s emails contradict months of denials by the Trump administration of any collusion with Russian operatives.
Kushner has sought to distance himself from the meeting and is returning to Capitol Hill tomorrow for the second day of meetings with the Senate and House intelligence committees. Kushner describes attending the meeting, noting that he arrived late and that when he got there, the Russian lawyer was discussing a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
“I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent at this meeting,” Kushner wrote in an 11-page statement that is his first public accounting of what he says are his four meetings with Russians during the 2016 campaign and transition. “Reviewing emails recently confirmed my memory that the meeting was a waste of our time and that, in looking for a polite way to leave and get back to my work, I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for 10 or so minutes and wrote, ‘Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get our [sic] of meeting.’”