On Aug. 5, 2018, President Donald Trump finally admitted that the June 2016 meeting his son, son-in-law and campaign manager had with Russians inside the Trump Tower “was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics — and it went nowhere.”

This is an interesting confession by Trump because he previously dictated a statement for his son stating that the meeting was about Russian adoptions. This was a lie, of course. It was also a lie to say that the statement came from his son. In fact, the false statement was dictated by Trump himself.


The Trump Tower meeting appears to be a violation of federal law (U.S. Code 52, Section 30121) which states that (1) “It shall be unlawful for a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make (A) a contribution or donation of money or other things of value…in connection with a Federal, State, or local election” and (2) “It shall be unlawful for a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in subparagraph (1A)…from a foreign national.”

The president now admits that the meeting was “to get information on an opponent” which is clearly “a contribution” or “thing of value” from “a foreign national” in “connection with a Federal” election. Also, the attempted cover up the true purpose of the meeting by the president with a false statement, and lying about the source of the statement, seems to be a case of obstruction of justice.

So many lies and so many attempts to cover up the truth. After dozens of statements by Trump that he and his campaign had “nothing to do with the Russians” and that there was no collusion between him or his campaign and the Russians, law enforcement officials and the media have uncovered this secret meeting in Trump Tower.

Trump and his son have both stated that the president did not know about this meeting between his campaign and Russians. Donald Trump Jr. made this statement under oath to the U.S. Senate. But Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, now says that the president knew about the meeting before it occurred. Also, several of Trump’s former campaign officials have stated that it is highly unlikely that so many of Trump’s family and campaign members would have had this meeting without checking with Trump.

There is also the odd coincidence of Trump announcing days before the meeting that he would soon be sharing damaging information about Clinton that would hurt her campaign. And where was Trump going to get this information? From the Russians during the Trump Tower meeting, by chance?

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s attorneys, also lied about the meeting when he stated that the president had nothing to do with Don Junior’s false statement that the meeting was about adoptions. A month later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump was involved with the statement, after all, but did not personally dictate it. Finally, a few months later, Trump’s other attorney, Rudy Giuliani, stated that the White House’s “final position” is that the president dictated Don Junior’s false statement.

Final position?

The president’s Twitter admission that the meeting was to collect dirt on Clinton from the Russians brings us full cycle. Now, Trump and his attorneys are saying, yes, it is all true, but it wasn’t illegal. “What law, statute or rule or regulation has been violated?” asked Sekulow on Sunday’s ABC “This Week.” Well, actually, there is a law (see above).

As Hayley Miller writes for the Huffington Post, “The president’s role in drafting the letter could cause him problems if it’s seen as an attempt to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian collusion with his campaign.”

Well, of course, the president was trying to obstruct justice. Why else did he lie about the purpose of the meeting by dictating a false statement about the meeting if not to misled Mueller and the American people? Why is Trump now trying to convince us that the meeting, which he lied about, was legal if he were not concerned that the meeting was illegal?

Most of what has been discovered regarding this meeting has been discovered and exposed by the press, usually after multiple denials by Trump and his campaign. Keep that in mind the next time you hear Trump criticize the press as “dishonest.” In fact, it has been Trump and his associates, not the press, who have been dishonest. It has been Trump, not the press, who need to take “final positions” after multiple false statements.