5 key questions on Trump's role in son's Russian Federation statement

Casey Dawson
August 4, 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.

US President Donald Trump was joking at an event last week when he told police officers to be "rough" with suspects, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In the statement، Mr Trump Jr said the meeting had "primarily discussed a programme about the adoption of Russian children"، not campaign issues.

In reality, Trump Jr. had enthusiastically agreed to attend the meeting after being promised damaging information on Clinton as part of the Russian government's efforts to help his father's campaign.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, has since asked the White House to preserve all documents relating to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. "The president weighed in, as any father would, based on the limited information he had". Now, the president's advisors are afraid that his involvement in crafting the statement may put him in legal jeopardy.

"...ensuring that everybody that works in the White House is on the President's agenda", said Corey Lewandowski, Former Trump Campaign Manager.

"The claims were later shown to be misleading". "I'm not sure that there is any rational or defensible reason for not having signed it already", said Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, who serves on the Intelligence Committee probing Russian meddling in last year's US election.

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The Washington Post reported that while travelling back from the G20 summit in Germany last month, advisers had planned for an open and truthful release of information before the meeting was released in the press.

"He refuses to sit still", the adviser said. 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 (i.e. Russian Federation was on my mind when I fired FBI Director James B. Comey), it's liable to lead to this kind of leaking.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow sought to hurt Mrs Clinton and help Mr Trump in the 2016 election.

This is the central question raised by the Post's new report.

"Look, the statement that Don Jr. issued is true", said Sanders. "Ultimately, the people said, the president signed off on a statement from Donald Trump Jr. for the Times", it wrote.

"Apart from being of no effect, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate and not pertinent", he said in a statement to CNN after the Post published its story on Monday.

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