GOP lawmaker: 'Nobody’s going to be surprised' if Trump approved Russia meeting

Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaHouse Republican pushes medical examinations for Supreme Court justices Congress and Trump are out of step on intellectual property House Republicans say Ohr interview escalates surveillance concerns MORE (R-Calif.) on Saturday downplayed renewed scrutiny over whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE knew in advance about his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC Clinton: Hard to ignore 'racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says' MORE before the 2016 election, saying "nobody’s going to be surprised."

Issa was pressed by Fox News's Neil Cavuto during an interview on whether Trump could face legal consequences if proof emerges that he knew about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that was billed to Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify | Kavanaugh denies allegations, says he’s willing to testify | 50 days from the midterms Trump Jr., Dem congressman spar over Ellison's association with Farrakhan MORE as "part of Russia and its government's support" for Trump.

“If he’s proven to have not told the whole truth about the fact that campaigns look for dirt, and if someone offers it, you listen to them, nobody’s going to be surprised,” Issa told Cavuto. “There are some things in politics that you just take for granted.”

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"You don’t think this has any long-term impact?” Cavuto pressed. “He wouldn’t be the first politician, or president for that matter, to maybe just misrepresent things?”

“Businessmen listen to almost everyone who might be helpful, and by the way, they make pragmatic decisions about how to make bad stories go away,” Issa replied.

Issa also attacked Trump's former longtime attorney and fixer Michael Cohen in the interview for his supposed betrayal of Trump's trust by secretly recording some of their conversations. 

Cohen's attorney this week provided a recording to CNN of Trump and Cohen discussing a possible payment to American Media Inc. to purchase the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, an ex-Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

“A turncoat lawyer, a lawyer who deserves to be disbarred for a number of his actions including recording his client clandestinely, makes a much better story than ‘Businessman Makes America Great Again,' ” Issa told Fox News.

The recording shocked Washington and seemed to reveal that Trump had prior knowledge about a payment surrounding McDougal's claims.

Trump's current lawyer Rudy Giuliani told The Washington Post that no such payment was ever made and he blasted Cohen in a CNN interview this week, calling him a "pathological liar."

Cohen also made headlines this week after CNN reported that he was claiming Trump knew in advance about the controversial meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-linked attorney who promised compromising information on Clinton in 2016.

The meeting has become a main focus of Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's special counsel investigation, which is examining allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump on Friday insisted in a tweet that he didn't know about the Trump Tower meeting while accusing Cohen of making up the claim to get out of legal scrutiny from federal prosecutors in New York.