WaPo: Trump Dictated Son's Convoluted Statement on Russia Meeting

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The president dictated a statement to Donald Trump Jr, his eldest son, which claimed that the goal of the meeting a year ago was unrelated to his election campaign, according to The Washington Post. But according to a new report by the Washington Post, that statement was false. "If it's what you say I love it", Trump Jr. But the President reportedly overruled the advice of his family members, senior aides and private legal team to personally craft a brief statement claiming that the meeting was focused only on a defunct program allowing USA citizens to adopt Russian children.

Detective Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, a union representing Cleveland's rank-and-file police officers, told CNN there is "unwavering" support for Trump from law enforcement agencies across the country.

One of Trump's lawyers, Jay Sekulow gave a one sentence reply to the Post's requests for comments on the story.

Trump Jr. later released emails showing he was told he would receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton at the meeting. The result, at Trump's personal direction, was a statement that claimed the meeting was about adoption, when in fact the stated goal of it was opposition research - supposedly from the Russian government - about Hillary Clinton.

One of Trump's attorneys, Jay Sekulow, said in response to the report: "Apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate and not pertinent".

"I have nothing to add to this", a White House official said Monday when asked about the speech and the criticism Trump received, declining to go on the record. And if the president, who it now appears had a deep involvement in crafting the response to the Donald Trump Jr email bombshell, did more than just help mislead the American public, he could be in legal jeopardy. Trump knew, by the time he reportedly dictated this statement on behalf of his son, that the Russian Federation investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller was well under way.

Because Trump believes he is innocent, some advisers explained, he therefore does not think he is at any legal risk for a cover-up. Indeed, the most extraordinary part of the picture this story paints is that while other people involved were recommending some measure of transparency on the assumption that the truth would come out eventually, they were overruled by the president, who personally dictated the misleading statement. And he knew, at least according to fired FBI Director James Comey, that when the two men last spoke, Comey told Trump he was not personally under investigation.



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