Thursday, February 01, 2018

The noose tightens around The Donald

The noose tightens around The Donald

Some of Trump's advisors warned him not to claim that Junior's infamous Trump Tower meeting was about adoptions.

Per the NY Times:

"Ms. Hicks said during the call that emails written by Donald Trump Jr. before the Trump Tower meeting — in which the younger Mr. Trump said he was eager to receive political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians — 'will never get out.'” '

"Ms. Hicks responded that the emails 'will never get out' because only a few people had access to them. Mr. Corallo, who worked as a Justice Department spokesman during the George W. Bush administration, told colleagues he was alarmed not only by what Ms. Hicks had said — either she was being na├»ve or was suggesting that the emails could be withheld from investigators — but also that she had said it in front of the president without a lawyer on the phone and that the conversation could not be protected by attorney-client privilege."

Hicks' lawyer said "The idea that Hope Hicks ever suggested that emails or other documents would be concealed or destroyed is completely false.”

What the lawyer said was absolutely true, but of course completely irrelevant.

As you can see if you read the Corallo statement and the response of Hicks' lawyer, the two are not at all related. Corallo never said that Hicks proposed concealing or destroying documents. He said that she felt they would never get out, because only a tight-knit group knew about them. (Which was a simple opinion, just her estimate of the situation, not a suggestion to commit illegal activity.) He also feared she might have bad intentions, but that was just an opinion on his part, not an accusation. The lawyer used the usual bullshit trick of denying something completely different from the original accusation.

This is a major problem for Trump because, according to the Times, "The president supervised the writing of the statement, according to three people familiar with the episode, with input from other White House aides. A fierce debate erupted over how much information the news release should include. Mr. Trump was insistent about including language that the meeting was about Russian adoptions, according to two people with knowledge of the discussion."

Keep in mind, however, that lying to the American public through the press is not a crime, and is certainly not atypical behavior for a politician.

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