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

Trump once again in hot seat over Russian Federation

Trump once again in hot seat over Russian Federation

US President Donald Trump allegedly personally dictated a statement that was later issued by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in which the president's son claims he had met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to discuss adoption, US media reported.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a briefing that Trump "certainly didn't dictate (the statement), but. he weighed in, offered suggestion like any father would do". The email chain indicated that the pretext of the meeting was that the lawyer would provide the Trump campaign with damaging information about Hillary Clinton "as part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump", to which Trump Jr. replied, "I love it".

Sanders's concession that the president weighed in on the response to his son's meeting contradicts the words of Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, who stated on multiple news programs that the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement.

Emails released later by Trump Jr. show the meeting was suggested to the campaign as a way to deliver damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton.

What's more, the Post reported, advisers in the White House are anxious that Trump will continue to step into the investigation.

Monday kicked off with the President welcoming his new Chief of Staff. Mr. Trump said of Gen. John Kelly, "I predict General Kelly will go down in terms of position of Chief of Staff as one of the great EVER".

Trump advisers discussed the new disclosure and agreed that Mr. Trump Jr should issue a truthful account of the episode so that it "couldn't be repudiated later if the full details emerged", the Washington Post reported.

Mr. Trump's lawyer last month had denied the president's involvement in crafting the response.

The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the Post story, nor did Mr. Trump Jr's attorney, Alan Futerfas. The president has denied having ties with Russian Federation.

"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its Government's support for Mr Trump", according to the email posted by Mr Trump Jr on Twitter. Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner also attended the meeting. But "it could be relevant in determining whether something else the president did, like firing (former FBI Director James) Comey, was done corruptly".

According to the Post, advisers to Trump and his family said that Trump was acting as his own lawyer and disregarding the advice of experts.

"Now someone can claim he's the one who attempted to mislead".

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