President Trump himself crafted his son's misleading Russian Federation statement

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that the Washington Post's report that President Donald Trump himself dictated a misleading statement to the New York Times on his son's and other campaign officials' meeting with a Russian lawyer bothered him, and that it further damaged the administration's credibility.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeated on Tuesday that Kelly had full control over the staff.

Trump Jr issued a statement saying that the meeting was "primarily about Russia's adoption policies", but it's now being reported by The Washington Post that this statement was dictated by the president, and the White House is trying to put a positive spin on it.

This was later proven to be false when Trump Jr himself released the email chain which preceded the meeting - which showed that the conversation was very much about sourcing damaging intel on Clinton from a Russian government contact.

Four days after Trump Jr. issued his initial, inaccurate statement on July 8 about the 2016 meeting, his father suggested to reporters that he was largely in the dark about it, and assumed Donald Jr. and his lawyers wrote the statement. "The president weighed in, as any father would, based on the limited information he had".

"In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment article against President Nixon stated that "using the powers of his high office, [President Nixon] engaged personally and through his close subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or plan created to delay, impede, and obstruct the investigation" of the Watergate break-in", Peterson explained to Raw Story. "Most of the chaos is generated by him and no one else", Graham said.

The adviser added that Trump is increasingly acting as his own lawyer, strategist and publicist.

Sekulow told ABC a week earlier that Trump Sr. The president personally dictated a message meant to deceive the public, directly participating in a cover-up.

Today's cabinet meeting will be the first time President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have seen each other face-to-face since the president public criticized sessions for stepping down from overseeing the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. A lawyer for Trump Jr. said that he has "no evidence" to support the allegation that Trump dictated the statement to his son.

Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow dismissed the Post's report, saying, "Apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent".

Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, said drafting a misleading statement isn't illegal.

The president also strongly criticized Sessions for not firing FBI interim chief, Andrew McCabe, who has replaced James Comey in the investigation into Russian Federation. The Senate، the House of Representatives and a special counsel are all investigating alleged Russian interference in the presidential election which took the form of attempts to undermine Mrs Clinton - a claim denied by the Kremlin.

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