Donald Trump Jr. has found himself embroiled in controversy after a tweet that some believe to have confirmed information that first appeared in a memo from former FBI director James Comey about U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump Jr. reposted a tweet from celebrity journalist Geraldo Rivera, according to the Washington Post. Rivera’s tweet read: “News Flash, Donald Trump hoping James Comey cuts Mike Flynn some slack because he is a ‘good man’ is not close to obstruction.” In retweeting the message, Trump Jr. added a single word of commentary: “Truth.”
Many users on Twitter were quick to point out that Trump Jr. appeared to have confirmed information contained in the Comey memo, which stated that Trump asked Comey to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, according to the New York Times.
NPR Politics Editor Domenico Montanaro replied to Trump Jr., asking: “Are you confirming that Donald Trump did, in fact, ask to cut Flynn some slack?”
Trump Jr. replied: “Give me a break. Me agreeing with someone’s interpretation of a theory does nothing of the sort. You’re trying way to hard.”
Trump has been under particularly heavy criticism since firing Comey from his post as FBI director on May 9. The New York Times reported on May 16 that a memo Comey wrote to document interactions he had with Trump appeared to contain at least one instance of Trump asking Comey to end the Flynn investigation.
An opinion piece by the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams pointed out that Trump Jr.’s tweet raised several questions, including why Trump Jr. would know the goings-on in the White House when he has been tasked with overseeing the family business empire. Adams also argued that any affirmation about information regarding the Times report is an admission that said report exists.
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, head of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent the acting director of the FBI a letter requesting any and all communications between Comey and Trump. The letter addressed the memo referenced in The New York Times report, saying that if true, it raised serious questions about the president’s intent to impede an investigation.
The White House issued a statement about the Times report on May 16, saying that “the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end an investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” according to the Washington Post. “This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.’’
Sources: Washington Post, Washington Examiner, The New York Times, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Donald Trump Jr./Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr