Post Says Trump Dictated Son's Statement About Russian Meeting

Post Says Trump Dictated Son's Statement About Russian Meeting

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump was probably making a joke last week when he encouraged police officers to be tougher when making arrests. They were correct. Shortly after the meeting was reported, a follow up report was published revealing that Trump Jr. was told in emails from the lawyer that the supposed damaging info she was offering from Clinton came directly from the Russian government.

The president's son later released email correspondence that showed he was promised a Russian lawyer would provide information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"If the President was directly involved in creating that statement - it's not illegal to lie to the press - does it bother you?"

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.

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

"I would be really interested in knowing what the president knew at that time", he said.

"The president was not - did not - draft the response", Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow said on "Meet the Press" in an interview July 16.

Senator Lindsey Graham, speaking on NBC's "Today Show", said he was encouraged by Kelly's new role, but stressed that he was looking for "discipline" from Trump in order to move forward with issues like health care and tax reform.

Now The Washington Post reported Monday evening that the President dictated the misleading statement.

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

While it is not illegal for a president to mislead the public or the press, legal experts say the episode will most likely be of interest to Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the FBI's investigation into Russia's election interference and whether the Trump campaign has sought to cover up any interactions it had with Russians previous year.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow sought to hurt Mrs Clinton and help Mr Trump in the 2016 election. "I do want to be clear the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement". Trump Jr.'s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, said in a statement to the Post that his client was "fully" and "absolutely" prepared to make a "fulsome" statement.

They are also looking into any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.

"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. 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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