Trump 'weighed in' on son's statement about Russian meeting

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

Trump Jr. released emails earlier in July that showed he eagerly agreed past year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father.

As the Post pointed out, it's not illegal to mislead journalists, but the president's involvement could attract more attention from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating any ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Their initial inaccurate response proved to be incredibly damaging as the full, accurate details about the meeting and its participants trickled out.

But, according to the Post, the president himself called an audible, dictating the statement that was eventually released - a far less forthcoming one that had to be changed multiple times in the days following its release.

"There were allegations the president had already put pressure on Cabinet officials to terminate the independent investigation and in that context he then took it upon himself to personally direct how to respond to perhaps the most damaging piece of information that has come out regarding the Russian Federation investigation".

Sanders comments' appeared to contradict Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, who has repeatedly denied that the president helped draft his son's statement. It was later revealed, through Trump Jr.'s own emails, that the meeting had been set up with the stated goal of landing dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig explain. On the president's involvement in the public statement, Futerfas said, "I have no evidence to support that theory", adding that several people were involved in crafting the statement including "communications people and various lawyers". Air Force One took off from Germany shortly after 6 p.m., about noon in Washington.

Said an anonymous adviser to the Post, "Now someone can claim he's the one who attempted to mislead". The much deeper motive behind Trump's personal involvement is his obsession with killing the Russian Federation scandal. "I'm assuming that was between Mr. Donald Trump Jr., between Don Jr. and his lawyer".

The White House and Trump Jr. have made several different arguments in an attempt to downplay the significance of the meeting. But "it could be relevant in determining whether something else the president did, like firing (former FBI Director James) Comey, was done corruptly".