The White House contradicted directly President Trump’s own attorney on Tuesday. It established that the president was knotty in the misleading Donald Trump Jr. statement about his meeting with a Russian lawyer, Jay Sekulow, after Trump’s attorney issued two unmistakable comments asserting Trump wasn’t.
But this was the first time that the Trump team confirms something it previously denied. Here are few examples.
1. That Trump was involved in Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia statement
“The president didn’t sign off on anything. … The president wasn’t involved in that.” — Sekulow on ABC News on July 12
President Trump personally dictated a statement that was issued after revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election. The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig explain. (Video: BastienInzaurralde/Photo: JabinBotsford/The Washington Post)
2. That Trump is thinking about pardons
“Pardons are not being discussed and are not on the table.” — Sekulow on July 21
While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.
3. That Trump decided unilaterally to fire FBI Director James B. Comey
Asked whether Trump had already decided to fire Comey and asked Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and the Justice Department to craft a justification for it: “No.” — Huckabee Sanders on May 10
“I was going to fire Comey … Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.” — Trump on NBC News on May 11