President Donald Trump’s adult sons echoed their father’s regular refrain in an interview that aired Tuesday morning, labeling the ongoing Russia investigations a “witch hunt” and “the greatest hoax of all time.”
Both Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. made the remarks in interviews with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” although neither son claimed to have spoken to their father about the various probes.
The president’s 2016 campaign is the subject of multiple ongoing investigations, including inquiries by both the Senate and House intelligence committees as well as by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, examining potential ties between Trump associates and the Russian government. Trump has repeatedly labeled the investigations a “witch hunt” even as his White House has said that nobody is more interested in getting to the bottom of the matter than the president himself.
“It’s the greatest hoax of all time. I was there throughout the campaign. We have no dealings in Russia. We have no projects in Russia. We have nothing to do with Russia,” Eric Trump said in the pretaped interview in which the brothers appeared on camera separately.
“I mean, to me it’s without a question you know, reads and smells like a witch hunt,” Donald Trump Jr. said in his own interview.
The two brothers also discussed a meeting they’d had with FBI agents last month on the day before the president announced his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, who was at the time overseeing the bureau’s Russia investigation. They said their meeting was about cyberattacks against the Trump Organization and had nothing to do with their father’s FBI interactions. The Russia investigation, they both said, did not come up.