Shortly after the blockbuster release of Donald Trump Jr’s email exchange with Rob Goldstone that showed Trump Jr. arranged a meeting with a Russian attorney because he thought he’d be getting dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, it was announced that Trump Jr’s first interview about the story would be with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
Asked about whether he had told his father, President Donald Trump, about the June 2016 meeting, Trump Jr. told Hannity no as “there was nothing to tell.”
“I mean, I wouldn’t have even remembered it until you started scouring through this stuff,” the Trump scion said. “It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.”
Trump Jr. also told Hannity that the reason he decided to take the meeting with the attorney is that his “take away when all of this was going on, is that someone has information on our opponent.” He added that his belief was that after his father had wrapped up the nomination, he thought it would be a good idea to hear them out.
Hannity wanted to know if Trump Jr. would do anything any differently, leading to this response:
“In retrospect I probably would have done things a little differently. Again this is before the Russia mania; this is before they were building this up in the press. For me this was opposition research, they had something you know maybe concrete evidence to all the stories I’d been hearing about, probably under-reported for years not just during the campaign, so I think I wanted to hear it out. But really it went nowhere and it was apparent that wasn’t what the meeting was about.”
For the most part, this was a very sympathetic interview with a media personality who has admitted that he is not a journalist or a reporter, but is instead a conservative commentator who is biased towards the Republican president. Something he even highlighted during his conversation, noting it taking place on an opinion show
And it was never more apparent than in this interview.
Watch the clips above, via Fox News.
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