Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump dictated son's false story of meeting with Russian lawyer

Trump dictated son's false story of meeting with Russian lawyer

Shunning the guidance of lawyers, and overturning the view apparently reached by Kushner and his team of advisers that a full and frank accounting should be made, Trump reportedly dictated a statement on board Air Force One as he was flying back to Washington from the G20 summit in Germany.

He wanted the statement to say that the meeting had been initiated by the Russian lawyer and primarily was about her pet issue - the adoption of Russian children.

Emails later released by Trump Jr. showed he eagerly agreed to meet the woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Post said advisers worry that the extent of Trump's direct involvement in his son's response could put the president - already under fire for other efforts to undermine the Russian Federation probe - and key advisers in legal jeopardy.

Uh huh. Of course, any kind of "weighing in" on a deliberately false statement is probably something worth interrogating when it involves the President of the United States.

Politically, it will only intensify allegations that the White House is trying to cover up connections with a foreign government accused of trying to tilt the November election in Trump's favour.

Sanders' comments appeared to contradict previous denials from Trump's legal team that he helped craft the statement.

The reports about Mr Trump Jr's statement came in the midst of further turmoil at the White House.

"The Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation ... offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father", said the June 3, 2016, email to Mr Trump Jr from publicist Rob Goldstone.

"This was. unnecessary", said one of the president's advisers, who like most other people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. "T$3 he fact is the President wasn't involved", he told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.

The "revelations draw president closer into tangled web over June 2016 meeting", The Guardian reports, and "has the potential to cause political, and even legal, trouble for the White House because it draws Trump himself much closer into the fray over the Trump Tower meeting, which has become a lightning rod in the Russian affair".

As all the new information comes to light, several congressional committees as well as special counsel Robert Mueller continue to dig into the meeting as they probe possible Russian meddling in last year's election. Now someone can claim he's the one who attempted to mislead. "I'm sure his lawyer was involved, that's how you do it", he said. "Somebody can argue the president is saying he doesn't want you to say the whole truth".

"Because Trump believes he is innocent, some advisers explained, he therefore does not think he is at any legal risk for a coverup", the Post reported.

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