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Trump Son Blasts Comey Testimony

| by Robert Fowler

During former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress, Donald Trump Jr. blasted the assertion that his father had ordered a federal investigation into one of his aides to be dropped.

On June 8, Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of the panel's investigation into the Russian government's role during the 2016 election.

Before the hearing, Comey released a pre-written opening statement recounting how President Donald Trump had allegedly asked him during a Feb. 14 meeting to drop a federal investigation into former White House national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Trump allegedly told Comey, according to CNN.  "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

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During the hearing, Republican Sen. James Risch of Idaho questioned Comey on whether the president had explicitly asked him to drop the Flynn probe.

"Do you know of any case where a person has been charged for obstruction of justice or, for that matter, any other criminal offense, where they said or thought they hoped for an outcome?" Risch said, according to Politico.

While Comey answered that he was unsure if Trump's wording constituted an obstruction of justice, he added "I took it as a direction."

"I mean, this is a president of the United States with me alone saying I hope this," Comey said. "I took it as, this is what he wants me to do. I didn't obey that, but the way I took it."

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Donald Jr. took to social media to blast Comey's recollection of the meeting, asserting that his father would have been explicit if he was giving a directive, The Huffington Post reports.

"Flynn stuff is BS in context 2 guys talking about a guy they both know well," Donald Jr. tweeted out. "I hear 'I hope nothing happens but you have to do your job'… very far from any kind of coercion or influence and certainly not obstruction!"

The president's son added "Knowing my father for 39 years when he 'orders or tells' you to do something there is no ambiguity, you will know exactly what he means."

"Hoping and telling are two very different things, you would think that a guy like Comey would know that," Donald Jr. concluded.

Both Donald Jr. and his brother Eric have been vocal critics of any accusations toward their father. On June 7, both brothers blasted the federal investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential race.

"It's the greatest hoax of all time… nothing more than a witch hunt," Eric Trump told ABC News.  

During Comey's testimony, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California asserted that using the word 'hope' could be considered a command in certain contexts.

"I just want to make a statement that in my experience of prosecuting cases when a robber held a gun to somebody's head and said I hope you will give me your wallet, the word hope was not the operative word at that moment," Harris noted.

Sources: ABC NewsCNNThe Huffington Post, Politico / Photo Credit: Max Goldberg/Wikimedia Commons

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