Sources close to Robert Mueller‘s special counsel say they are investigating whether President Trump made a “knowingly false statement” about his son’s meeting with Russian officials last year.
When the news broke that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected attorney during his father’s presidential campaign, he initially claimed the discussion was all about adoption and the Magnitsky Act. After it was revealed that Trump Jr. was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton, reports came out about how the president “personally dictated” his son’s initial statement to the press.
NBC News reports tonight that prosecutors are asking questions about “what Trump knew about the meeting” when it happened last year, and whether he tried to hide the actual pretense.
“Even if Trump is not charged with a crime as a result of the statement, it could be useful to Mueller’s team to show Trump’s conduct to a jury that may be considering other charges,” a source told NBC.
The report comes amid revelations from a series of emails from Michael Cohen during the 2016 election. The Trump Organization attorney reached out to the Kremlin for help with his boss’ business interests, and Cohen also spoke with a colleague who talked about how he could convince Vladimir Putin to help Trump take the White House.
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