Trump's personal involvement in son's misleading statement on meeting with Russians hints at a cover-up

Reports reveal that US President Donald Trump may have allegedly dictated his son's misleading statement regarding the pre-election meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-associated lawyer uncovered weeks ago.Trump advisors reported such actions could expose the president to legal consequences.
Trump may have attempted a cover-up? Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Hours after US President Donald Trump dismissed his newly appointed communications director, The Washington Post revealed early today (Tuesday) that Trump may have dictated Donald Trump Jr.’s false statement about his meeting with a Russian lawyer regarding Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

Trump Jr. and senior advisor Jared Kushner allegedly met with Kremlin officials before the elections, who offered to help Trump win the race. According to the Washington Post, while at the G20 Summit last month, Trump heard about the reports of his son’s meeting in the news.

Trump’s advisors recommended that Trump Jr. give a statement to get ahead of the scandal. However, Trump reportedly had his own plans and personally dictated a statement for his son stating that Trump Jr. and the lawyer “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” during the uncovered 2016 meeting, not the campaign.

Over the next few days, the statement was found to be “misleading” after multiple accounts of the meeting, including emails between Trump Jr. and the lawyer surfaced. 

The president's advisers were apparently concerned that Trump's personal involvement in dictating the false statement would expose him to allegations of a coverup and would likely have political and legal implications. “This was...unnecessary,” one of the president’s advisors told the Washington Post, anonymously. “Now someone can claim he’s the one who attempted to mislead. Somebody can argue the president is saying he doesn’t want you to say the whole truth.”

Trump's three eldest children, Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

As previously reported by JOL, a few weeks ago Trump Jr. first addressed the scandal in which agreed to meet with a Kremlin-associated lawyer during the 2016 presidential election after being promised embarrassing information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

According to a report, Trump Jr. found the lawyer’s information unreliable: “The woman (lawyer) stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

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