Critics: Trump's Crafting of Response to Russia Meeting Is 'Obstruction of Justice'

Wednesday, 02 Aug, 2017

The claims were later shown to be misleading.

Donald Trump dictated a "misleading" statement about his son's 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer while flying home from the G20 summit in Hamburg, the Washington Post claims.

"This was... unnecessary", one presidential adviser told the Post on condition of anonymity. In fact, Mr Trump Jr was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton, his father's rival for the presidency. He summoned Kushner and Manafort, forwarding them the email in which that offer was made.

Details continued to emerge about who attended the meeting and for how long.

Trump Jr later sent shockwaves through Washington by releasing a series of emails that detailed how he had attended the meeting after being promised "very high level and sensitive information" that was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr Trump".

Alan Futerfas, Donald Trump Jr's attorney, had "no comment" when reached Monday night by ABC News.

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Trump, speaking before officers from Suffolk County Police Department in NY on efforts to combat the gang MS-13, urged officers Friday to be "rough" on suspects, as many officers standing behind the President cheered and clapped.

Trump Jr. initially claimed in his July 8 statement that the June 9, 2016 meeting was about the adoption of Russian children by USA citizens.

And it gets worse.

"I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the president", Sekulow told CNN's Chris Cuomo last month. "I said, "Please don't be too nice, '" Trump said to applause, referring to officers shielding prisoners" heads with their hands. Sekulow is a prominent attorney who knows exactly what kind of trouble that could bring, both to himself and his client. If he asked, did Trump tell him less than the full truth? Did Don Jr. brief the president on the meeting?

Mr Trump was in NY when he made the controversial comments last week, advising police officers, "Please don't be too nice", when arresting alleged criminals.

Officials say the timetable laid out for reform is aggressive, and hinted the White House might prefer steeper tax cuts even if they're only temporary.

From CNN: "A self-described "email prankster" in the United Kingdom fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode where he convinced the White House official tasked with cyber security that he was Jared Kushner and received that official's private email address unsolicited".

Meanwhile, Trump is likely to continue getting himself deeper and deeper into shit. He dictated the statement, which was given to the New York Times on July 8, while aboard Air Force One. How much information should we voluntarily reveal?