Last week, the New York Times reported that in August 2016, Trump Jr. and Stephen Miller met Joel Zamel, an Israeli social media expert named Joel Zamel in Trump Tower. Additional attendees are reportedly Erik Prince, formerly of Black Water, and George Nader. Mr Nader is an emissary princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Times reported that the meeting was “convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team” and that the meeting helped to solidify “relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s first year in office, according to several people with knowledge of their encounters.”
This, of course, it a problem because it’s illegal for foreigners to assist US electoral campaigns.
In response to the report, Trump Jr.’s lawye told the Times that Trump Jr. “recalls a meeting” at which Prince, Nader, and another individual “who may be” Zamel pitched “a social media platform or marketing strategy. [Trump Jr.] was not interested and that was the end of it.”
Thursday, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), in which Coons called for an open hearing so that Trump Jr. could be asked to explain his past statements, which are contradicted by that New York Times report.
Coons’s letter noted that Grassley had previously referred Christopher Steele—the British former intelligence responsible for the so-called “Steele Dossier”—to the US Department of Justice for possible criminal charges after alleging that Steele had lied to the FBI about his contacts with the media.
So now we wait to find out whether Grassley is very selective about the severity of lying to the FBI about one’s foreign contacts.