Donald Trump Jr. appeared to oust his own father on Twitter by seemingly confirming the existence of a memo in which President Donald Trump asked then-FBI director James Comey to end the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
After reports surfaced of the memo Tuesday night, the White House issued a statement denying its veracity.
“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” the statement read.
However, on Wednesday morning, Trump Jr. seemed to give some credence to the story by retweeting reporter Geraldo Rivera’s post that the president did nothing wrong in his alleged conversation with Comey. In addition to re-sharing Rivera’s statement, Trump Jr. added a one word reply: “Truth.”
Truth. https://t.co/g63Our339Z— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 17, 2017
While, admittedly, there is a lot of context missing in that single word response, Twitter wasted no time concluding that Trump Jr.’s actions confirmed that there is, indeed, a memo in which the president directly addressed the Flynn investigation.
So…. you’re saying the memo exists. https://t.co/7QJ7TCmC2q— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) May 17, 2017
But it never happened so I'm confused ???? https://t.co/uzvIVMRCeH— Chanelb (@NewChanelb) May 17, 2017
Confirmation of the Comey memo, courtesy of Trump, Jr.— Jamie Gump (@JamieGump) May 17, 2017
Further confirmation that Trump pressured Comey to shut down the Flynn probe. The Trump clan is in very bad need of some new lawyers asap. https://t.co/Eq8guVvTMP— Mark Follman (@markfollman) May 17, 2017
Did Jr. just confirm the report? https://t.co/hVnYRf6UOF— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) May 17, 2017
Apparently we’re moving from “It didn’t happen” to “OK, it happened but it was totally cool,” right on schedule. https://t.co/Vwq1myOV3a— Julian Sanchez (@normative) May 17, 2017
After speculations flooded the Twittersphere, Trump Jr. responded to NPR Editor Domenico Montanaro by denying that his retweet offered any insight into the memo’s existence and asserted that Montanaro is “trying way to (sic) hard.”
Give me a break. Me agreeing with someone's interpretation of a theory does nothing of the sort. You're trying way to hard. https://t.co/znVhc5FhWd— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 17, 2017
Still, even in Trump Jr.’s defense of his tweet, he did not explicitly say that there is no memo.