First Read's Morning Clips: About that Donald Trump Jr. Statement

First Read's Morning Clips: About that Donald Trump Jr. Statement

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday the president "weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had".

Reporters Ashley Parker, Carol Leonnig, Philip Rucker, and Tom Hamburger write that, according to "multiple people with knowledge of the campaign", Trump advisers initially planned for Trump Jr.to issue a more forthcoming public statement - but this plan was scrapped by the president himself.

Emails later released by Trump Jr. showed he eagerly agreed to meet the woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The result, at Trump's personal direction, was a statement that claimed the meeting was about adoption, when in fact the stated objective of it was opposition research - supposedly from the Russian government - about Hillary Clinton.

It may be, as the President's allies told the Post, that Trump simply doesn't grasp the legal implications of his actions and sees the Russian Federation probe as a family public relations problem that he alone can set right. They joined him at the meeting, which was attended by a lawyer with close ties to the Kremlin, a former Russian intelligence officer and a gentleman who was once the subject of a congressional inquiry into an enormous Russian money-laundering operation.

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On July 8, The New York Times newspaper cited the statement when reporting that the adoption program was the main issue discussed at the meeting.

This despite the fact that, on June 16, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow insisted, "I do want to be clear, that the President was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement".

The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig explain.

Remember that first claim about how Jr.'s meeting with Russians at Trump tower was about adoption and ultimately inconsequential?

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Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Trump Jr., told the Post he had "no evidence" to support a theory about Trump's intervention in writing the statement and described the process of crafting it as "communal". Why risk being dragged into this morass by not only dictating a statement but doing so on Air Force One? Although the misleading comments in the statement are not criminal, advisers to the president fear any attempt to cover up Russian contacts will draw further attention from special counsel Robert Mueller.

"Like when you guys put somebody in the auto and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, [at that point Mr Trump gestures at his head], don't hit their head and they've just killed somebody, don't hit their head, I said, 'You can take the hand away, okay?'"

After Lizza declined to do so, Scaramucci let loose a string of profane statements on the record (mostly directed at the White House staff).

Meanwhile, Trump is likely to continue getting himself deeper and deeper into shit. 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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