Trump lied repeatedly about meeting with Kremlin-Tied lawyer

Trump’s lawyers and press secretary repeated the same lie over and over again for almost a year. No, they said, Trump did not dictate a statement with lies released in his son’s name.

“He certainly didn’t dictate,” said White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“The president was not involved in the drafting of that statement,” his lawyer Jay Sekulow told NBC News.

“That was written by Donald Trump Jr., and I’m sure in consultation with his lawyer,” Mr. Sekulow told CNN.

“The president didn’t sign off on anything,” he told ABC.

But in a confidential, hand-delivered memo to the special counsel, Trump’s lawyers acknowledged that, yes, it was Trump himself who dictated the statement, where he tried to deflect questions about a meeting with a Kremlin-tied lawyer at Trump Tower. Prosecutors want to know if that statement was part of an effort by Trump to obstruct a federal investigation. If he dictated it, it almost certainly is.

If Trump ends up in the witness chair with Mueller, he would face serious consequences for lying.

Asked about shifting explanations for statement on Trump Tower meeting, Rudy Giuliani says, “This is the reason you don’t let the president testify. Our recollection keeps changing…”

Uh huh.

Mueller has told Trump’s lawyers that only by interviewing the president can prosecutors determine whether he had intended to obstruct justice. Trump has said he is eager to sit for an interview. He told reporters in January that he expected to do so within “two to three weeks.”

That, of course, did not happen.

Some lies from Trump’s interview with the New York Times

The Washington Post actually counted one lie every 75 seconds, but lets be generous and just cover a few.

(1) Trump said the claims against Paul Manafort occurred “many years ago before I ever heard of him.” They met in 2011. The accusations cover the period from 2006 through 2017, and he was campaign chair until August 2016.

(2) He lied and said Senator Dianne Feinstein appeared “on television saying there is no collusion” between his campaign and Russia in the 2016 election. She never said that. She said it needs to be investigated.

(3) He lied, claiming the Democrats “made the Russian story up as a hoax, as a ruse, as an excuse for losing an election.” Obama was privately and publicly complaining to Putin about it since September, 2016.

(4) He lied and said “saved coal,” contrary to trends reported by the government.  The number of coal mining jobs fell to about 48,600 in September 2016 from almost 90,000 in January 2012.

(5) He lied and said he “essentially gutted and ended Obamacare.” Vital parts of the current law — the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, rules stipulating insurance policies cover essential health benefits and new taxes to pay for the cost of subsidized coverage — remain intact.

 

Trump’s serial lying about Russia

Being a liar has defined Donald Trump.  He’s been lying his entire life. Now he is trying to save his presidency with a blizzard of lies about Russia. The Trump strategy has been first to lie outright that his campaign had nothing to do with Russians whatsoever. When meetings with Russians were revealed, they explained them away with new lies, that the meetings were routine and didn’t mean anything. When the Russian contacts turned out to be real and substantive, they lied that the contacts didn’t amount to “collusion.” When collusion between the campaign and the Russians couldn’t be explained away, they created a wholly new line of lies, that it was Hillary who colluded with Russians through the so-called “uranium sale,” by financing the Steele dossier, which had sources . . . who were Russians.

Telling lie after lie after lie got Trump the presidency, but now many of the people who have stood by while he lied, or lied for him, are being put under oath, and when you raise your right hand and swear to tell the truth, telling lies can get you arrested. Lying can put you in jail. Deciding whether or not to tell the truth when you’re under oath is why people in the Trump White House are hiring $1,000 an hour Washington, D.C. lawyers. It’s no fun at all.  For example, consider Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who lied to the FBI, was arrested, charged, pled guilty, and is now cooperating with the investigation into Russian connections with the Trump campaign led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

More to come as the Trump presidency unravels.

More details at Salon and the New York Times.

Trump has lied more than 1,000 times since taking office

From the Washington Post – In early August, the president crossed a new benchmark — over 1,000 false or misleading claims. According to The Fact Checker’s calculation, he now averages 4.9 claims per day.

The total is 1,057 lies since January.

This includes:

  • 14 lies about NATO
  • 18 about Russia
  • 19 about the F-35
  • 42 about new business deals (Ford, GM, etc.)
  • 50 about Obamacare

Trump has averaged 4.9 lies per day since taking office.

 

Lindsey Graham: When you get caught in a lie about one thing it makes it hard to just say ‘let the other stuff go.’

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that a report that President Donald Trump personally dictated his son’s misleading statement regarding a meeting last summer with a Russian attorney “bothers me a lot.”

“It bothers me a lot because, one, he put his son in jeopardy,” Graham said on NBC’s “Today” show of a Monday Washington Post report that Trump had reportedly dictated his son Donald Trump Jr.’s statement explaining his meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer who he had been led to believe was in possession of Russian government-sourced damaging information on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

That initial statement from Trump Jr. first indicated that the meeting had been about adoption issues related to sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. But Trump Jr. was later forced to concede that he took the meeting based on the promise of information on Clinton when emails related to the meeting were published.

“If that’s true then that was a bad decision by the president which will make us ask more questions,” Graham said. “When you get caught in a lie about one thing it makes it hard to just say ‘let the other stuff go.’”

 

What did Trump know and when did he know it?

Less than a month into his so-called Presidency, Donald Trump and his administration are embroiled in a full-fledged scandal. Can you just imagine what he would have said had this been Hillary Clinton?

His national security advisor, Michael Flynn, had to resign over likely illegal conversations with Russian officials before Trump took office. The administration is spinning this as a trust issue between Flynn and Trump and Pence, but there are definite legal probes to come.

Now the New York Times is reporting that Trump aides and associates made repeated contacts with senior Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. This is according to intercepted phone calls and records according to four current and former American officials.

None dare call it treason?

More to come, for sure. This is just starting to unravel.

ref: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/russia-intelligence-communications-trump.html