>> My son is a wonderful young man.>> President Trump may have been behind a misleading statement by his son, Donald Trump, Jr.. The alleged intervention reported in the Washington Post relates to Trump Jr.'s claims that a meeting with a Russian lawyer in 2016 was not related to his father's presidential campaign.
That later proved to be misleading. In July, Trump Jr. released emails showing he eagerly met the lawyer, believing she had damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Now the Post claims his story changed because his father stepped in. Citing unnamed people with knowledge of the situation, the report claims a truthful account of the episode had been agreed upon by advisors.
Then Donald Trump, on a flight back from Germany on July 8th, changed the plans. Instead personally dictating a statement which Trump, Jr. would release. The new statement said his meeting with the Russian lawyer primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children. An attorney for Trump dismissed the Post's revelations, issuing a statement calling the characterizations misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent.
The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. But a legal expert telling Reuters that, if true, Trump may have bolstered a potential obstruction of justice case against himself. While lying isn't usually a crime, a misleading public statement could be used as public evidence of corrupt intent, which is needed to build a case of criminal obstruction.
This also potentially gives Special Council Robert Mueller more fuel in his investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign colluded with the Kremlin.