What would a day be like without at least two breaking news stories out of the Trump dumpster fire? First the firing of Anthony Scaramucci before he officially starts work as White House Communications Director, and now this from the Washington Post:
Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said that he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared an article, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
The claims were later shown to be misleading.
Over the next three days, multiple accounts of the meeting were provided to the news media as public pressure mounted, with Trump Jr. ultimately acknowledging that he had accepted the meeting after receiving an email promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.
The extent of the president’s personal intervention in his son’s response, the details of which have not previously been reported, adds to a series of actions that Trump has taken that some advisers fear could place him and some members of his inner circle in legal jeopardy.
So if the meeting was truly a nothinburger, as Trump’s minions in the White House and on cable TV claim, why did Trump Sr. help draft the statement that turned out to be bullshit?
Lying or misleading the news media isn’t a crime but it sure makes the people who are doing it look guilty, and as any prosecutor will tell you, consciousness of guilt is basically a tacit confession.