She says Trump Jr.'s statement is true and there was "no inaccuracy" in the statement. But as the Washington Post's forensic deconstruction of the framing of the Trump Tower meeting shows, the president himself has the capacity to destroy even the best-laid plans, underlining the task now facing his new chief of staff. "There can be a legitimate allegation that there was an attempt to misled and the special counsel can say 'I want to know why'".
Jay Sekulow, an attorney for the President, issued a statement, saying, "Apart from being of no effect, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent". The president dictated the statement to Hicks, who served as a go-between with Trump Jr., who was not on the plane, sharing edits between the two men, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.
He told ABC that the president had not signed off on anything and that he had been returning from the G-20 summit.
A spokesperson for the president and a separate representative for Trump's son-in-law and advisor Kushner also declined to comment when reached by ABC News. On the next day, however, the newspaper reported that the president's son was initially promised potentially compromising information about then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
President Donald Trump with sons Donald Jr.
"To suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends the wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public", he told local media.
The Post indicates that if the misleading statement was written by the president, it could put him in legal jeopardy.
"The thing that really strikes me about this is the stupidity of involving the president", Zeidenberg said.
Trump's efforts to undercut the growing list of Russian investigations have come under scrutiny already after he fired the FBI director James Comey.
"There were allegations the president had already put pressure on Cabinet officials to terminate the independent investigation and in that context he then took it upon himself to personally direct how to respond to perhaps the most damaging piece of information that has come out regarding the Russian Federation investigation".
The younger Trump's lawyer said he has "no evidence to support" the "theory" that Trump was involved in writing the statement. When you, as a White House staffer, continue to have to put up with the boss's unpredictable whims and furthering of unhelpful story lines (i.e. Russian Federation was on my mind when I fired FBI Director James B. Comey), it's liable to lead to this kind of leaking.