White House press secretary Sarah Sanders downplayed a report on Monday that President Donald Trump crafted a statement issued by Donald Trump Jr.in response to the revelation that the younger Trump met with a Russian attorney during the presidential campaign.
Trump Jr. later sent shock waves through Washington by releasing a series of emails that detailed how he had attended the meeting after being promised "very high level and sensitive information" that was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".
As reporters last month homed in on the 2016 meeting, Donald Jr initially issued a statement claiming they had discussed nothing more sinister than adoption.
The President instead "weighed in as any father would based on the limited information he had", Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday.
President Trump chose to instead dictate a statement to be released to the media. "Now someone can claim [Trump]'s the one who attempted to mislead", the adviser said. "I said, "Please don't be too nice, '" Trump said to applause, referring to officers shielding prisoners" heads with their hands.
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Now The Washington Post reported Monday evening that the President dictated the misleading statement.
The information was offered as part of "Russia and its government's support" for the Trump campaign.
The Trump team have always denied any form of collusion with Russian Federation in order to win the 2016 election. "Apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent", he told CBS News Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett in a statement.
But it was enough that Sessions chose to act correctly and to leave the president unarmed before the Russian investigation, so that Trump focused his anger in him.
"I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the President".
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential obstruction of justice as part of his broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, these advisers worry that the president's direct involvement leaves him needlessly vulnerable to allegations of a coverup.
The president also strongly criticized Sessions for not firing FBI interim chief, Andrew McCabe, who has replaced James Comey in the investigation into Russian Federation.