Here Are All the Lies Trump's Team Has Told About the June 2016 Trump Tower Meeting
It was a big weekend in “yup, Donald Trump was lying all along about Don Jr.’s Trump Tower get-dirt-from-the-Russians meeting in June 2016.”
To recap, Trump admitted via Twitter that the purpose of the meeting was “to get information on an opponent,” which has been clear all along, but, as it turns out—who knew?—getting information on an opponent from people connected to a foreign government is a big problem. Also, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said that when he denied Trump had been involved in drafting the original statement denying that the Trump Tower meeting was “to get information on an opponent,” he “had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement.” Translation: his client (that’s Trump) lied to him like he lies about everything else.
NBC News has collected the the White House's constantly changing story about just what happened:
- On July 8, 2017, in the statement we now know was drafted with daddy’s help, Don Jr. claimed that “We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.” Uh-huh. Sure.
- On July 9, 2017, Don Jr. followed up by complaining that “No details or supporting information was provided or even offered” and that “the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”
- On July 11, 2017, Don Jr., looking more and more guilty the more he talked, said that “The information they suggested they had about Hillary Clinton I thought was Political Opposition Research.” From Russian spies, no big.
- Jay Sekulow made his initial denial that Trump drafted the July 8 response statement on July 16, 2017, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed that denial on August 1, responding to a Washington Post report that Trump had been involved—as we now know for sure he was.
- Meanwhile, on July 13, Trump had said that “I do think this: I think from a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting. It’s called opposition research or even research into your opponent.”
- Flash forward to June 2018 when Trump’s lawyers suddenly admit to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team that “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.” Sekulow’s earlier denial was “uninformed, Rudy Giuliani says.
- A little later in June, Trump dismisses the statement as “irrelevant” because it was just made to the New York Times and not to “a high tribunal of judges.”
And then over this past weekend, the meeting was “to get information on an opponent,” but don’t worry, because “it went nowhere” and “I did not know about it.” In other words, “it went nowhere” and “I did not know about it” are the lies left standing on one heavily bruised leg after all the earlier lies have been knocked down.