On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Michael Cohen took center stage to address Congress in a tell-all testimony. Well, in true political drama fashion, Michael Cohen dragged Donald Trump Jr. with some very choice and scathing words, and worst of all, they reportedly came from his own dad. Elite Daily reached out to both the Trump Organization and the White House for comment or response, but did not immediately hear back.
According to his own dad, Don Jr. had "the worst judgement of anyone in the world," per Cohen's prepared testimony as provided to news outlets, including Elite Daily, ahead of the testimony. Oof. In Cohen's opening statement, the former attorney discussed the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya, which Trump confirmed in August 2018 was to obtain damaging information to then-Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. While this news may be old, Cohen said in his testimony that while he was in a meeting with Trump that summer, he witnessed Don Jr. and Trump have a quiet conversation that included the words "meeting." He said,
I remember being in the room with Mr. Trump, probably in early June 2016, when something peculiar happened. Don Jr. came into the room and walked behind his father's desk — which in itself was unusual. ... I recalled Don Jr. leaning over to his father and speaking in a low voice, which I could clearly hear, and saying, 'The meeting is all set.' I remember Mr Trump saying, 'Ok, good... let me know.'
What struck me as I looked back and thought about that exchange between Don Jr. and his father was first, that Mr. Trump had frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgment of anyone in the world. And also, that Don Jr. would never set up any meeting of any significance alone — and certainly not without checking with his father.
The president has denied knowing about 2016 Trump Tower meeting in advance. The White House did not immediately respond to Elite Daily's request for additional comment regarding Cohen's statement.
Don Jr. made a number of different comments about the purpose of the meeting after reports broke, saying first that the meeting was primarily about adoption, before later releasing an email chain confirming that it was in order to secure "dirt" on his father's opponent, Hillary Clinton. President Trump later admitted that he had dictated the misleading statement.
Currently, Don Jr. is one of the heads of the Trump Organization, along with his younger brother Eric Trump. Don Jr. was also a key figure working on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and has actively taken his father's sides on matters of FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election, as well as Democrats' criticism of Trump.
As if President Trump didn't already have enough to worry about with this testimony as well as his summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, now Cohen drops this alleged interaction.
So there you have it. I knew Cohen's testimony would spill some serious tea, but I don't think any of us were expecting this. Grab the popcorn.