Trump dictated son's statement about Russian lawyer meeting

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2017

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.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump himself dictated the statement.

"When you put out a misleading statement it's gonna be hard to convince people to stop looking at other things", Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) said. You talking about yesterday, Chris?

One Republican congressman, Lee Zeldin of NY, told CNN: "I would be really interested in knowing what the president knew at that time".

"It remains unclear exactly how much the president knew at the time of the flight about Trump Jr.'s meeting", the Washington Post said.

CUOMO: Because The New York Times is reporting that the President OK'd the statement.

In response, a series of police departments from New York, Massachusetts, Florida and beyond distanced themselves from Trump's comments, arguing that they did not represent their values or guidelines.

"Not surprisingly, (Trump's) comments have been completely taken out of context by the racially exclusive and divisive profiteers seeking to call into question his support of all law abiding citizens and the law enforcement that live and work among them", he said.

Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow, told the Post, "Apart from being of no effect, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent".

"This was...unnecessary", an anonymous source told the Post.

The president's personal lawyers might want to tell him that's not how it works - and the president might want to listen.

Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University law professor, said drafting a misleading statement isn't illegal. Trump's legal team wanted to paint the meeting as an attempt by Democratic operatives to entrap Trump Jr., and his father by extension. "I said, you can take the hand away, okay?" When you, as a White House staffer, continue to have to put up with the boss's unpredictable whims and furthering of unhelpful story lines (ie Russian Federation was on my mind when I fired FBI Director James Comey), it's liable to lead to this kind of leaking.

"Apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent", Sekulow said in a statement to the Post.

"The statement that was issued was true and there were no inaccuracies in the statement". The Post report states Ms. Hicks acted as a go-between for the president and his son as the initial statement was crafted.

But sources in the White House explained that the way Trump sees it, he hasn't done anything wrong so it doesn't matter what he says.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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