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Trump Mum on Comey, but Donald Jr. Chimes In

First son is tweeting responses to Comey hearing

Donald Trump Jr., seen here at last year’s Republican National Convention, tweeted a defense of his father Thursday against allegations from former FBI Director James B. Comey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump has yet to offer a reaction to explosive testimony from former FBI director James B. Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. But his son has now chimed in, using an expletive to describe Comey’s account.

“Flynn stuff is BS,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote, referring to Comey’s allegation that the president tried to coerce him, during a one-on-one meeting, to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In contrast, the younger Trump described the conversation, a central part of Comey’s testimony, as “2 guys talking about a guy they both know well.”

Comey alleged that Trump had demanded his loyalty and asked him to end the Flynn investigation, saying, “I hope you can let this go,” according to the former top cop’s prepared statements.

Trump Jr. offered a different interpretation.

“I hear ‘I hope nothing happens but you have to do your job,’” he tweeted. In subsequent tweets, he said the interaction, as Comey had described it, was “very far from any kind of coercion or influence, and certainly not obstruction.”

“Knowing my father for 39 years when he ‘orders or tells’ you to do something there is no ambiguity, you will know exactly what he means,” he tweeted.

Trump was widely expected to live-tweet his reaction to Comey’s testimony but has not updated his personal account since early Wednesday morning, when he posted about that day’s trip to Ohio.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the president was planning to refute Comey’s assertion that Trump asked him for loyalty as well as the former FBI director’s depiction of the Flynn conversation.

Trump Jr.’s tweets about the Flynn exchange are below.

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