Republican Representative for California, Darrell Issa, stated on Saturday that it won’t be a surprise if there is any evidence proving that President Donald Trump knew in advance about his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised compromising materials on Hillary Clinton.
According to Mediaite, Issa was asked during an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto whether Trump could face legal consequences over proof that he knew about the meeting, which was billed to Trump Jr. as “part of Russia and its support for Mr. Trump.”
“If he’s proven to have not told the whole truth about the fact that campaigns look for dirt, and if someone offers it, you listen to them, nobody’s going to be surprised,” Issa told Cavuto.“There are some things in politics that you just take for granted.”
You don’t think this has any long-term impact?” Cavuto asked in response. “He wouldn’t be the first politician, or president for that matter, to maybe just misrepresent things?”
“Businessmen listen to almost everyone who might be helpful, and by the way, they make pragmatic decisions about how to make bad stories go away,” Issa said.
Mediaite wrote that Issa also attacked Cohen in the interview for his supposed betrayal of Trump’s trust after sources close to Cohen provided a recording to CNN of Trump and Cohen discussing payments made to an ex-model who claims an affair with Trump, Karen McDougal.
“A turncoat lawyer, a lawyer who deserves to be disbarred for a number of his actions including recording his client clandestinely, makes a much better story than ‘Businessman Makes America Great Again’,” Issa told Fox News.
Cohen this week also attracted the press attention when he told CNN that Trump knew in advance about the controversial meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-linked attorney who promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton in 2016.