On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump shared his concerns about a meeting he said didn’t concern him:
“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics — and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”
That meeting in Trump Tower two years ago presumably also didn’t concern him when he tweeted about it just 10 days ago:
” … ..I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!”
It probably didn’t concern him that much when he tweeted about it last year, either:
“Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That’s politics!”
Although the president confirmed in his Sunday tweet that the reason his son, his campaign manager and his son-in-law all met with a group of Russians in 2016 was to collect compromising information about Hillary Clinton, it was such an insignificant admission that one of his attorneys, Jay Sekulow, appeared on ABC shortly after the president tweeted to assure viewers that there didn’t appear to be anything “illegal” about the meeting.
“The question is what law, statute or rule or regulation’s been violated?” Sekulow asked. “Nobody’s pointed to one.”
(Some legal analysts have repeatedly noted the meeting could have broken a number of laws, included conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and aiding and abetting a conspiracy. But let’s move along.)
Sekulow also said on Sunday that he needed to clear up some confusion he created last year when he said that the president hadn’t helped concoct a misleading cover story about the Trump Tower meeting in response to reporters’ questions about it. In fact, Trump, on his way home from a G-20 summit in Europe last year, dictated a statement aboard Air Force One that said noted child advocate Donald Trump Jr. took the meeting to discuss Russian adoption policies (rather than trying to scoop up kompromat, for example).
“I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement,” Sekulow confessed on Sunday. “That happens when you have cases like this.”
Mistakes, they’ve made a few. In June, another Trump lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, copped to the same error about exactly the same thing. “I don’t think anyone was lying,” he assured CNN viewers while discussing why he had said — incorrectly — that Trump hadn’t been the author of Donald Jr.’s cover story.
“It was a mistake,” Giuliani allowed. “I swear to God, it was a mistake.”
Everybody makes mistakes, and that’s probably why Hope Hicks, Trump’s former White House communications director, traveled with the president to Ohio over the weekend to participate in …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Politics