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Donald Trump's Lawyers Finally Admitted That Donald Trump Lied to the Country About Don Jr.'s Trump Tower Meeting

Donald Trump's Lawyers Finally Admitted That Donald Trump Lied to the Country About Don Jr.'s Trump Tower Meeting
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 01: US President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the Oval Office of the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Both Trump and Kim Yong Chol are trying to salvage a recently canceled historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un scheduled for June 12. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump knowingly misled the American public regarding the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son, Don Jr., campaign officials, and a Russian lawyer, according a memo from Trump's attorneys to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that leaked over the weekend.

Obtained by the New York Times, the confidential 20-page memo was drafted by Trump attorneys Jay Sekulow and John Dowd and sent to Special Counsel Robert Mueller on January 28. In it, Sekulow and Dowd explain why they believe Mueller doesn't have the power to subpoena Trump. The memo also includes reasons Mueller may want to interview Trump, including “[t]he statement of July 8, 2017, concerning Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower.”

The memo revealed that Trump, despite having denied doing so at the time, dictated Don Jr.'s response following the news of the meeting breaking. This vindicates the reporting of The Washington Post last year but contradicts Trump's own lawyer, Jay Sekulow, as well as Sarah Sanders, both of whom denied the President had any sort of heavy-handed role in constructing that statement.'

Trump “personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had ‘primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children,’” wrote The Washington Post, even though the president's advisers suggested Junior issue a truthful account of the meeting that “couldn’t be repudiated later if the full details emerged.” The statement indicated the purpose of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”

We subsequently learned that the true purpose of the meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, as part of Russia's effort to elect Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

Sekulow also issued a statement in response to the Post's story. “Apart from being of no consequence, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent.”

Below is a list of denials about the president's involvement, which is now more uncertain than ever, thanks to the memo released on Saturday.
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."

“It was a short introductory meeting,” Junior originally said. “I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow-up.”

According to reports, the meeting was attended by eight people, including Junior, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and other campaign associates. Also in attendance was a Kremlin-linked lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had promised to provide damaging material on Democrat Hillary Clinton. At the meeting, however, the conversation turned to policies surrounding the adoption of Russian children, at which point Junior and Kushner say they ended it.

“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.," wrote Sekulow and Dowd. "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 President is not required to answer to the Office of the Special Counsel, or anyone else, for his private affairs with his children. In any event, the President’s son, son-in-law, and White House advisors and staff have made a full disclosure on these events to both your office and the congressional committees.