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Monday, 17 July 2017 15:39

Spicer is telling a lie about the Don Jr. meeting that Trump already abandoned

Written by  Aaron Rupar

During an off-camera, audio-free news briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed —despite all evidence to the contrary — that there’s no good reason to believe Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer was about anything other than adoption.

Audio released after the briefing ended indicates that Spicer’s exact quote was, “There was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything except for a discussion of adoption” during the meeting.

Spicer’s comment embodies a talking point other Trump administration officials abandoned a week ago. They had no choice but to let it go after Trump Jr. released the correspondence leading up to the meeting last Tuesday. The emails indicate the Russian lawyer, through an intermediary, offered to “provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” the message continued. Within 20 minutes, Trump Jr. replied, “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” He forwarded the entire exchange to then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and current White House adviser Jared Kushner, and all three of them later attended the meeting.

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