The White House has now confirmed that Donald Trump helped compose his son's misleading statements on meeting with Russian operatives, and that his personal lawyer lied in multiple television appearances when he denied the story.
The White House has now confirmed that Donald Trump was involved in drafting his son's misleading statement about his meeting with Russian operatives. The admission also proves that Trump's personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, lied in multiple media appearances where he claimed that Trump was not involved.
Sekulow said, "The president was not involved in the drafting of the statement."
However, in her Tuesday briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump did help Donald Trump Jr. craft the statement in which he referred to meeting with Russian operatives.
In that statement, Trump Jr. said they discussed "a program about the adoption of Russian children." It was only after reporting from The New York Times that he admitted the meeting was also about digging up campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton. The Times reporting also prompted Trump Jr. to release his emails about the meeting, after which Trump then described his eldest son as a "high quality individual" for the action.
"The statement that Don Jr. issued is true," Sanders said Tuesday. "There's no inaccuracy in the statement. The president weighed in, as any father would, based on the limited information that he had."
Asked to "clarify the degree to which the president weighed in," Sanders replied, "He certainly didn't dictate, but you know, he, like I said, he weighed in, offered suggestions, like any father would do."
SANDERS: The statement that Don Jr. issued is true. There's no inaccuracy in the statement. The president weighed in, as any father would, based on the limited information that he had. This is all discussion, frankly, of no consequence. There was no follow-up. It was disclosed to the proper parties, which is how The New York Times found out about it to begin with. The Democrats want to continue to use this as a PR stunt and are doing everything they can to keep this story alive and in the papers every single day. The president, the American people — they voted America first, not Russia first, and that's the focus of our administration.
Sanders is still dissembling. The statement was inaccurate and misleading. And Trump's personal lawyer outright lied.
Donald Trump, as usual, was up to his eyeballs in coordinating and orchestrating the entire coverup — and his team is still not telling the truth about it.