As bad as things have been this week for Donald Trump when it comes to the investigation of the 2016 election being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, things are about to reach critical mass for his son, Donald Trump Jr.
On Wednesday, two Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) said they will ask the committee chairman, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to provide the transcripts of the panel’s interviews with several key witnesses, including Donald Trump Jr.
Politico reports the transcript of Don Jr’s testimony could prove especially damaging:
“It also amounted to a suggestion that witnesses — potentially including Donald Trump Jr., who sat for an interview in September — may have made false statements to the committee. In a recent interview, Blumenthal predicted the Trump Jr. transcript would be ‘explosive’ if released.”
Keep in mind that Mueller is now talking to the president’s attorneys about an interview with investigators working on the issue of a possible conspiracy between members of Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives.
Will Grassley release the transcripts? On Thursday, he told NBC News:
“I have said all along that I favor as much transparency as possible in our investigations, but at the appropriate time, so we don’t undermine our work.”
In their request to Grassley, Whitehouse and Blumenthal seem to suggest that witnesses such as Don Jr. — who has been caught in making conflicting public statements on the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 — have indeed been less than truthful. The two Democrats write:
“You have stated publicly that you believe it is important for the Special Counsel to carry his investigation through to completion and determine the facts. It is hard to see how withholding the transcripts achieves that goal.
“The transcripts of congressional testimony may reveal other, and better-founded, concerns about witness false statements.”
Imagine, for just a second, how beneficial these transcripts could be to Mueller as he prepares to interview the president and also as he builds his case against others who participated in the campaign. They could prove to be invaluable.
Donald Trump and members of his family are on the verge of being indicted on multiple felony counts. All that remains to be seen is when exactly it all happens.