Donald Trump Jr. appeared on the September 27 edition of The Charlie Kirk Show to defend himself, his father, and Eric Trump after a judge ruled on September 26 that the Trumps, via the Trump Organization, are liable for fraud in a scheme that overvalued several Trump properties. Trump’s attorneys were also sanctioned in the case, after making arguments the judge called “literally crazy.”
Significant in the judge’s ruling is a note on Donald Trump bragging in his testimony that he “could find a ‘buyer in Saudi Arabia’ to pay any price he suggests,” which, according to Judge Engoron, suggests “influence buying more than savvy investing.”
Engoron’s note suggests there should be more scrutiny on Trump’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. It was previously reported that Trump’s son-in-law and former adviser Jared Kushner received a $2 billion investment from the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which invests money on behalf of the Saudi government, shortly after Trump’s term ended. Trump has also aligned himself with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour over the US-backed PGA tour.
In Trump Jr.’s approximately 15-minute interview with conservative activist Charlie Kirk, both spouted now-familiar complaints from conservative media: alleging that the justice system has been weaponized against Donald Trump and that everyday conservatives would likely soon suffer the same fate, that Hunter and Joe Biden are guilty of the same crimes that the Trumps are under investigation for, if not worse ones, and that Trump is only guilty of being a savvy businessman. Neither mentioned or tried to defend Trump’s comment on Saudi Arabia or the judge pointing out that it appears to be a confirmed case of influence peddling on the behalf of a former president.