The administration lied about who crafted their own lies.
Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein, who helped break the Watergate story along with Bob Woodward, shared a bit of advice for reporters gathered for the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner.
“When lying is combined with secrecy, there is usually a pretty good road map in front of us. Yes, follow the money, but follow also the lies,” Bernstein said.
That may be easier said than done, as it seems the Trump administration has disseminated about as many lies in six months as most administrations would in a full term. But putting aside all of the ridiculous and petty lies about crowd sizes and popularity, there’s an ever-growing list of substantive lies that have been told regarding the Russia scandal that merit closer examination.
That list grew by one on Monday when the Washington Post reported that Trump dictated Don Jr.’s initial statement regarding his meeting with a Russian lawyer, despite multiple assertions made by his lawyer, Jay Sekulow, that Trump was not involved in anyway.
From the break, Trump was clearly trying to distance himself from a story he and his team knew could be damaging. There were adamant denials that Trump had any knowledge of the meeting at the time it occurred, and we were expected to believe that Don Jr. handled the fallout completely on his own without any input from his father.
On Meet the Press, Sekulow said as much in no uncertain terms.
“I do want to be clear the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement,” he said.
Four days earlier, Sekulow had this to say in response to a question from George Stephanopoulos on ABC: “The president didn’t sign off on anything. He was coming back from the G-20 [summit], the statement that was released on Saturday, was released by Donald Trump Jr. and, I’m sure, in consultation with his lawyers. The president wasn’t involved in that.”