After Many Denials, White House Admits Trump Dictated Trump Jr.’s Lying Letter About Meeting With Russians
President Donald Trump’s lawyers told Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a confidential letter in January that Trump “dictated” a lie-filled statement in July 2017 about Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower.
The meeting included Trump Jr., then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and some Kremlin-tied Russians, including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
The lie-filled statement, dictated by Trump, put out in Trump Jr.’s name said the meeting “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children,” when in reality the meeting was about smearing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, notes CNN.
Trump’s lawyers John Dowd and Jay Sekulow sent the letter to Mueller, which contradicted months of denials and lies by Sekulow and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
According to The New York Times, the letter stated:
You have received all of the notes, communications and testimony indicating that the President dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr.
His son then followed up by making a full public disclosure regarding the meeting, including his public testimony that there was nothing to the meeting and certainly no evidence of collusion.
CNN notes the many lies about Trump Jr.’s meeting that were told by Sekulow and Sanders, both who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ:
Trump lawyer Sekulow, CNN interview, 7/12/17: “That was written, no that was written by Donald Trump Jr. and I’m sure with consultation with his lawyer. That wasn’t written by the president.”
Sekulow, ABC interview, 7/12/17: “The president didn’t sign off on anything. He was coming back from the G20. The statement that was released Saturday was released by Donald Trump Jr., I’m sure in consultation with his lawyers. The President wasn’t involved in that.”
Sekulow, NBC interview, 7/16/17: “The President was not — did not — draft the response. The response came from Donald Trump Jr. and — I’m sure — in consultation with his lawyer. … Let me say this — but I do want to be clear — that the President was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement. It came from Donald Trump Jr.
Sekulow, statement to the Washington Post, 7/31/17: “Apart from being of no consequence, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, daily press briefing, 8/1/17: “He certainly didn’t dictate, but he — like I said, he weighed in, offered suggestion like any father would do.”