Conway: Trump Was Unaware of Don Jr. Meeting, Did Not Dictate Response Statement
White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway pushed back this morning on a report that President Trump dictated a misleading statement in response to his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer.
The Washington Post reported:
Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said that he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared an article, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
The claims were later shown to be misleading.
Conway, who was not on the trip, reiterated what Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday: that the president weighed in on the issue "as any father would do," but did not dictate the statement.
She maintained that "nothing came of the meeting" and insisted that President Trump did not know the meeting took place last June.
Conway said when she was named campaign manager last August, there was no plan to use a "silver bullet" or damaging information to beat Hillary Clinton.
"The only dossier we know about is the phony baloney one that the Democrat-linked Fusion GPS got by taking Russian money to try and damage candidate Trump," said Conway.
Some have used the new WaPo report to claim President Trump committed a crime, including a former White House ethics lawyer.
Knowingly drafting a false statement for a person who is a witness in a criminal investigation is itself a crime. Obstruction of justice
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) August 1, 2017
Watch the response from Conway above.