During a gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One, Donald Trump admitted that he might have been told about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian government attorney, but he claims that he was never told that the meeting was about getting dirt on Hillary Clinton.
According to the White House Press Pool report provided to PoliticusUSA:
On Don Jr, POTUS was asked if as a father he supported Don Jr. being willing to testify.
“I think if he wants to,” Trump said. He mentioned that h had seen something about her being in Congress recently talking to members. “She had meetings with various people. So it’s the same thing.”
He said the press had been unfair and said of the meeting that “they talked about the adoption stuff which was actually a big thing at the time but nothing happened.” He added, “In fact maybe it was mentioned at some point,” but then when asked if he had been told that it was about Hillary Clinton and dirt against her he said no.
The “adoption stuff” that Trump referred to is the Magnitsky Act, which is a law that sanctions Russia for human rights abuses. Trump could have said no. The President could have said that he knew nothing about the meeting. Instead, what he tried to do was parse his way to a middle ground of maybe knowing, but not knowing the details.
Trump knew that his son was meeting with someone from Russia, which brings Trump closer to being directly connected to the scandal than ever before.
The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together, and the fuzzy outline that we have now suggests that Trump knew a lot more about what was going on with Russia than he has ever let on.