Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer
During the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers examined the response to a further revelation that Elder Trump had met a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign – a disclosure that advisers knew Was political and potentially legal risk.
The strategy, the counselors agreed, should be by Donald Trump Jr. issued a statement to break the story. They wanted to be truthful, so their accounts could not be repudiated later if the details emerged.
But in a matter of hours, the direction of the president, the plan has changed.
Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard the plane, Trump has personally dictated a statement Trump Jr., said he and the Russian lawyer had “mainly discussed a Russian child adoption program” when they met in June 2016 , According to several people with knowledge of the deliberations.
The statement, published in the New York Times during the preparation of an article, said the theme of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
Protests later proved misleading.
President-elect Donald Trump Jr. and his son Donald Trump at a news conference at Trump Tower in New York on January 11 (Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post).
Over the next three days, several minutes of the meeting were provided to lobby pressure, Trump Jr. finally acknowledging that he had accepted the meeting after receiving an email promising detrimental information about Hillary Clinton as a party Of an effort by the Russian government to help his father’s campaign.
The scope of the President’s personal intervention in response to his son has so far not been informed of the details of which, in addition to a series of actions that Trump has led some to fear could put in legal danger and some members of Your circle.
As Special Adviser Robert S. Mueller III, who is inspired by the possible obstruction of justice as part of his wider investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, these advisors are concerned that direct Unnecessarily vulnerable to accusations of a cover-up.
“It was … No need,” said one of the president’s advisors, who, like most of the others interviewed for this article, spoke anonymously to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. “Now we can say that this is one that tried to deceive. Someone can argue that the president said he does not want to tell the whole truth.
Trump has already been criticized for the steps he has taken to defy and ignore Russia’s survey.
It turned out to be director of the FBI, James B. Comey May 9 after a private meeting in which Comey said that the president asked to him if it could put an end to the investigation of the adviser of National Security Michael Flynn.