Hidden within the New York Times article about the Trump lawyers’ 20-page letter to Mueller is this nugget:
The lawyers acknowledged that Mr. Trump dictated a statement to The Times about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between some of his top advisers and Russians who were said to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Though the statement is misleading — in it, the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said he met with Russians “primarily” to discuss adoption issues — the lawyers call it “short but accurate.”
Mr. Mueller is investigating whether Mr. Trump, by dictating the comment, revealed that he was trying to cover up proof of the campaign’s ties to Russia — evidence that could go to whether he had the same intention when he took other actions.
The president’s lawyers argued that the statement is a matter between the president and The Times — and the president’s White House and legal advisers have said for the past year that misleading journalists is not a crime.
“Short but accurate” my ass. It is proof positive of scheming, lying Obstruction of Justice.
If this is the only argument that Trump’s lawyers have, he is even more screwed than we imagined.
This is the kind of thing you have to do when you’re in a lose-lose situation. https://t.co/RpV3k2Oj9x
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) June 2, 2018