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What is the Deal with the Donald Trump Jr. Subpoena?

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | May 9, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | May 9, 2019 |


Donald Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is something of a big deal because the Senate is controlled by Republicans and the Intelligence Committee is controlled by Republican Senator Richard Burr, who is not making any friends among his colleagues by issuing the subpoena.

But this doesn’t seem to be a “political move” on Burr’s part, because even he thinks that Mueller should not testify in front of Congress, as the Democrats have requested. Burr, however, is still working on reports about the Russian efforts to undermine U.S. elections separate from the Mueller report. Meanwhile, while McConnell is trying to shut down any more efforts to investigate the President, he hasn’t put the kibosh on this subpoena, much to the dismay of Don Jr., and some are asking McConnell to strip Burr of his chairmanship. Given the infighting among Republicans over the subpoena, it must be a big deal for Burr (and McConnell) to not let this go, right? I mean, even Mick Mulvaney is a little pissy about not getting a heads up that Don Jr. would be subpoenaed.

But Mulvaney also sought to put some distance between the President and Don Jr., saying that they are “two different people” and suggested (wrongly) that the Mueller Report exonerated Trump, but that does not “mean that other individuals may or may have not done other things.”

So what’s going on here that Don Jr. reportedly is considering either not appearing for the subpoena or pleading the Fifth? Because in the words of his own father, “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth?”

Maybe it’s perjury?

I’m not so sure, though, that Burr would burn bridges with his colleagues in order to bring perjury charges against the President’s son (especially knowing that the f**king DOJ would decide whether to prosecute and also knowing that Trump would pardon his son immediately). There might be something more significant at play, unrelated to the Mueller findings.

Seth Abramson is kind of a hyperbolic conspiracy nut, but maybe he’s on to something here?

Maybe? The House is reportedly criminally referring Erik Prince to the Justice Department for misleading testimony. Erik Prince (the Blackwater Founder, and the brother of Betsy DeVos) did also conveniently leave out his testimony to Mueller a meeting he had with Donald Trump Jr., Stephen Miller, and George Nader in 2016.

So, I don’t know, but I do know that Mueller said in his report that Don Jr. committed a crime, but that he couldn’t prove intent because Trump Jr. was too dumb to understand the law. However, that might have been one of the 12 cases that Mueller spun off into other jurisdictions, or perhaps Burr is calling Trump Jr. back to see if he’s as dumb as he looks.

We’ll see. Or we won’t, because Don Jr. is never going to actually testify, because even Lindsay Graham is saying aloud that, if he’s Don Jr.’s attorney, he wouldn’t let Don Jr. testify.

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