Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CNN’s Jeff Toobin smacks down Don Jr. Wikileaks defense: ‘It’s like saying I only robbed a few banks’

Donald Trump Jr. defended himself in released communications with Wikileaks by claiming that it was merely a few small messages and nothing meaningful. However, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said that’s not a defense.

“Don Jr. in his defense was saying look at the direct messages, I only responded a couple times,” said Caitlin Huey-Burns of RealClearPolitics. “If you look at the timeline, it shows that’s not necessarily true. You can count these Twitter interactions or messages as interactions, too. This is the second instance where Don Jr. is at least open to engaging with foreign adversaries here.”

“I wanted to make a point well, ‘I only responded to a couple messages.’ It’s not a defense to bank robbery that you only robbed a couple of banks. You don’t have to commit multiple crimes to be guilty of a crime,” Toobin said. Trump Jr.’s attorney released a statement in the wake of the release of the communications with Wikileaks, saying he has cooperated with the committees and investigations and turned over “thousands of documents in response to their requests.” The statement also claimed they have “no concerns about these documents and any questions raised about them have been easily answered in the appropriate forum.”

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