Trump dictated statement for son on Russian Federation meeting

Verma Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Secretary Tom Price U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Vice President Mike Pence

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a briefing that Trump "certainly didn't dictate (the statement), but. he weighed in, offered a suggestion like any father would do".

But that changed when the president chose to personally dictate the statement himself, suggesting the meeting with the Russian lawyer was to discuss "a program about the adoption of Russian children".

"When the information-the information was to-be-released a few days later-but as the information became public, my understanding is that Donald Trump Jr. and his lawyer worked on a statement to make regarding the scope of the meeting", Sekluow stammered in another interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd.

One email from Mr. Goldstone states that the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" had met with a previous business partner of the elder Mr. Trump and "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".

It may be, as the President's allies told the Post, that Trump simply doesn't grasp the legal implications of his actions and sees the Russian Federation probe as a family public relations problem that he alone can set right.

President Trump reportedly dictated Trump Jr.'s response as he flew home from a meeting of world leaders in Germany. The initial statement later appeared to be misleading at best as more information about the meeting came out.

We all know what the official White House line about this story is going to be: The real problem isn't what Trump did; it's the fact that it was leaked!


There's no way I can do justice to the deeply reported intricacies of The Washington Post report, which you must read in full.

Trump Jr. initially claimed in his July 8 statement that the June 9, 2016 meeting was about the adoption of Russian children by US citizens.

Trump's efforts to undercut the growing list of Russian investigations have come under scrutiny already after he fired the FBI director James Comey. Why risk being dragged into this morass by not only dictating a statement but doing so on Air Force One?

A senior adviser said: "Now someone can claim he's the one who attempted to mislead".

Meanwhile, Trump is likely to continue getting himself deeper and deeper into shit.

I promise you, the substantial number of people involved in that discussion were profoundly uncomfortable with Trump's instructions.

This includes the Senate Intelligence Committee who, under their purview, have taken part in both open and closed testimonial from James Comey, the former boss of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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