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Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter:

"Flynn stuff is BS in context 2 guys talking about a guy they both know well. I hear 'I hope nothing happens but you have to do your job' 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. Hoping and telling are two very different things, you would think that a guy like Comey would know that. #givemeabreak Comey 'I could be wrong.' So if he was a 'Stronger guy' he might have actually followed procedure & the law? You were the director of the FBI, who are you kidding?"

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