Reports of President Trump’s phone call to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley to concur in the wonders of ethanol (please!) raised anew the principle question about Trump’s namesake son, Donald Jr.; is he playing with a full deck?
Trump Jr. has agreed to a closed-door interview with Judiciary Committee staffers and any senators who wish to attend. This is, in the technical jargon of the law, a really dumb idea. The Committee wants to ask Trump about the June 2016 meeting that he orchestrated with an assortment of Russians, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner. Trump Jr. has already lied in public about the meeting, demonstrating a disconcerting level of cluelessness about his situation. In the interview, he will either tell more lies, withdraw his consent to cooperate, assert his Fifth Amendment privilege to remain silent, or inculpate himself in a conspiracy to invite Russian interference in the 2016 election. Which of these does he think helps his chances of staying out of jail? Or, is he willing to let it all hang out because of confidence that Dad will pardon him in the end? Read more