Never mind that his dad's former fixer and personal lawyer went before Congress to testify; the president's son is more focused on the summit with North Korea. That was essentially Donald Trump Jr.'s response to Michael Cohen testifying in Washington D.C. about the president and members of his family — including Don Jr.
"Only Democrats could hate someone so much that they would try to disrupt nuclear peace talks with testimony from a convicted felon," Trump tweeted. The president was indeed at a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Wednesday negotiating a denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. And Cohen has pleaded guilty to felonies.
Among the many accusations Cohen made against the president, a key allegation references his oldest son. Cohen alleged that he witnessed Trump and his father having a conversation about setting up a meeting, right around the time a meeting with a Russian operative that offered "dirt" on Hillary Clinton took place. Bustle has reached out to the White House and the Trump Organization for comment.
"I recalled Don Jr. leaning over to his father and speaking in a low voice, which I could clearly hear, and saying, ‘The meeting is all set.’ I remember Mr. Trump saying, 'O.K. good … let me know,'" Cohen's opening statement read. He added that Trump walked behind his father's desk, which "in itself was unusual."
Cohen said in his opening statement that, at the time, he didn't realize what was happening — nor does he "know of direct evidence" connecting the president to Russia — but that it dawned on him later. "Something clicked in my mind," he said in the opening statement.
Cohen went further to explain why this was an exchange he would remember:
What struck me as I looked back and thought about that exchange between Don Jr. and his father was, first, that Mr. Trump had frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgment of anyone in the world. And also, that Don Jr. would never set up any meeting of any significance alone – and certainly not without checking with his father.
Another accusation made during Cohen's testimony on Wednesday was that Trump was allegedly involved in reimbursing Cohen for the hush money payments to Stormy Daniels. Cohen accused Trump's father of allegedly organizing the hush money payments and showed Congress one check that allegedly had the president's signature on it.
But Cohen also showed Congress a check that allegedly had Trump's signature, implicating him in the silencing of Daniels as well. The Guardian reported that federal prosecutors in New York have had copies of the check for months and claim the payments violate campaign finance law. For his part, the president has previously denied any wrongdoing.
Cohen's testimony could also indirectly complicate things for Trump. That's because the president's son has talked with congressional investigators about the Moscow Trump Tower project — and Cohen's version of events may run counter to that, The Guardian reported in November, when it first was reported that Cohen admitted lying.
Trump was clearly interested in Cohen's testimony, as he seemed to be live tweeting it, posting several comebacks to Cohen on Twitter throughout the morning.