Trump Reportedly ‘Gave the Go-Ahead’ to Announce Indictments Before Putin Summit
There is new reporting tonight that far from being a nuisance to him, President Donald Trump actually approved the release of the Russian indictments before his summit with Vladimir Putin.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein went to Trump last week and offered him the choice: before or after the Putin summit on Monday in Helsinki? Trump chose before, ultimately putting the issue into the spotlight just 72 hours before the high-stakes meeting, the people said.
Apparently Trump thought that this would help “strengthen his hand in the talks.”
And CNN is confirming Bloomberg’s reporting:
CNN can now confirm Rod Rosenstein did in fact give Trump the option to delay announcing the Russian hacking indictment until *after* the Helsinki summit. The White House told Rosenstein it was OK to announce before the summit, so he did. (from @Kevinliptakcnn and @LauraAJarrett)
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) July 17, 2018
Of course, this reporting comes after some pro-Trumpers were trying to argue this was a way of undercutting the President.
#EndWitchHunt – @JudicialWatch’s Chris Farrell: Rosenstein and Mueller want to destroy @realDonaldTrump the man and the Trump Presidency. Rosenstein’s indictments were an obvious appalling publicity stunt. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs #LouDobbsTonight pic.twitter.com/yY9Jdx40yq
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) July 13, 2018
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