Donald Trump Jnr gave his latest explanation for the meeting in a statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose staffers questioned him from behind closed doors today for more than five hours.
When contacted by music producer Rob Goldstone asking if he was interested in meeting with the lawyer and getting the incriminating evidence, Trump Jnr. had emailed back “if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” In his statement to the committee first obtained by the New York Times, Trump Jnr says that’s just his way of talking.
“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character, or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” Trump Jnr told the Senate Intelligence Committee of the Trump Tower meeting. “Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”
Donald Trump Jnr then made the following statement later in the day: “I answered every question posed by the committee related to this topic as well as all of their questions on other topics, until both sides had exhausted their lines of questioning. I trust this interview fully satisfied their inquiry.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, attended part of the interview and said it was “cordial”. He would not discuss details but said there were “a lot of areas that need to be pursued for more information”. Trump Jnr mostly spoke for himself, Blumenthal said, instead of his lawyers speaking for him.