Monday night, on CNN, Rudy “Motormouth” Giuliani confirms what everyone already knew… Trump dictated the statement about Jr’s meeting with Russians in Trump Tower. Rudy called it a ‘mistake’ that at least 4 White House advisors and staff called it a mistake repeated. In a confidential letter to special counsel Robert Mueller in January, President Donald Trump’s legal team acknowledged for the first time that Trump “dictated” the first misleading statement put out about his son’s controversial 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower. “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.,” the letter said,”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.” The acknowledgment was tucked away in the letter signed by Trump’s attorneys at the time, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow.
The misleading statement, issued in July 2017 to The New York Times, obfuscated the true nature of the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, which was attended by Donald Trump Jr., then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is now a senior White House adviser, and a group of Kremlin-tied Russians. One of those Russians, lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, brought up the Magnitsky Act at the meeting, a 2012 American law punishing Russian human rights violators that she has lobbied extensively to overturn. She reached out to Trump’s team after he was elected to try to lobby on the Russian sanctions, CNN has reported. The statement initially put out in Trump Jr.’s name said the participants “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.” Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in private testimony in September that he didn’t speak to his father about the statement, but that the President “may have commented through Hope Hicks,” and that some of those comments might have made it into the statement. At the time, in their public responses to the news reports, however, Sekulow and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied Trump’s role.
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