WH: Trump 'Didn't Dictate' Don Jr.'s Statement on Russian Federation

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The Washington Post cited unnamed sources from the White House in its damning article, and since there already seems to be at least some truth to the allegations, people are starting to wonder whether the fatherly suggestions are a smokescreen like the one Trump Jr used.

"The statement that Don Jr issued is true", Sanderson said in a press conference.

Former FBI director Robert Mueller is probing, in his capacity as special counsel, the Russian Federation connection independently of the Senate panels.

Jay Sekulow, an attorney for the President, issued a statement, saying, "Apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent".

"This was.unnecessary", an adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the newspaper.

"You guys are jumping and trying to make something out of nothing", Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing.

According to the Post, advisers to Trump and his family said that Trump was acting as his own lawyer and disregarding the advice of experts.

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"It wasn't a directive", Sanders said of the president's comments.

Trump attorneys had repeatedly denied any involvement with the statement, but that's now changed.

The President's attorneys have said Trump was not aware of the meeting itself until the news emerged weeks ago, and Trump Jr. said he had not told his father about the meeting when it happened. "That was written by Donald Trump, Jr. and I'm sure with consultation with his lawyer".

Sports Illustrated reports that the U.S. leader made the unguarded comments while explaining to patrons why he makes so many visits to his club.

Three days later, however, Trump Jr. released emails leading up to the meeting showing he had agreed to the session in hopes of obtaining the negative Clinton information.

It said the statement, issued to The New York Times as it prepared to publish the story, stressed that the subject of the meeting was "not a campaign issue at the time". Public knowledge of who was in the room came to include Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and Ike Kaveladze, an executive at a company founded by the Russian oligarch who initiated the meeting.

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