Last night, news broke that Donald Trump Jr.’s initial, false statement about his now notorious meeting with Russian officials was crafted by the president himself.
The Washington Post reports that President Trump personally intervened to prevent an honest confession and instead mislead the public as to the intentions and substance of the meeting.
The revelation has so alarmed President George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer, Richard Painter, that he says, the president should resign immediately. (Video below.)
Shortly after revelations emerged that Trump Jr. had met with Russian officials during the campaign, lawyers for Trump, Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner — the president’s son-in-law and advisor who was also at the meeting — decided that honesty would be the best strategy going forward as the truth was likely to come out eventually.
Trump, however, overruled them, personally dictating the following statement on his son’s behalf:
“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… I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”
That turned out to be a lie. We now know that Trump Jr. helped orchestrate the meeting in a criminal attempt to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russian government officials. It is impossible for even a remotely unbiased person to believe that the president was not aware of the facts at the time. Even Painter, a Republican, knows that this is a serious crime:
Knowingly drafting a false statement for a person who is a witness in a criminal investigation is itself a crime. Obstruction of justice
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) August 1, 2017
To say that the criminal cover-up of criminal campaign collusion is an impeachable offense is an understatement. Painter has been an expert in these matters for more than a decade and he is no liberal by any stretch of the imagination. So his words carry weight.
It’s time for our national nightmare to end.
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