More shenanigans. What is usually a small meaningless detail actually points to more lying from the Trump administration.
The Trump campaign began paying Don Jr's lawyer about two weeks before the email story broke, per new FEC filing pic.twitter.com/F0ifZ3q2Xw
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 15, 2017
From the Daily Beast:
President Trump’s official campaign paid Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer roughly two weeks before it was revealed the president’s son had taken part in a meeting with a Russian lawyer, according to new FEC filings.
The FEC filing shows that Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. disbursed $50,000 for “legal consulting” to Alan Futerfas’s law firm on June 27, 2017.
Reuters reported on Monday that Futerfas had been hired to represent Trump Jr. but the report did not reveal when he had been retained.
Could this be just a coincidence? If not, that means they knew about the story two weeks before. And is there any way possible they cut a check for $50k from the Trump campaign to a lawyer for Junior without Trump knowing about it and why? If not, then he, once again, lied to the American people about it.
But that’s not all – the lawyer was retained ONE DAY after they asked about the story:
On June 21, Kushner’s lawyers provided an amended SF-86 to the FBI, their third such change, to list the meeting with the Russian lawyer. Two days later, on June 23, Kushner met with the FBI to be interviewed for his security clearance.
On June 26, CNN asked a White House spokesman assigned to Kushner about the additional meeting on the amended security clearance form, including that it was organized by Donald Trump Jr.
But Kushner’s team did not respond. On June 28, Jamie Gorelick, Kushner’s lawyer handling the issue, sent a letter to the FBI to complain about what she believed was an improper leak, according to a person close to the matter.
So. They’re telling us that nobody told the president that his son had been in this meeting, but they retained a lawyer the next day, and paid him from his campaign money?
Not sure I believe it.
So why lie about whether President Trump knew about the story or not? It’s just so weird.
According to the FEC filing, which was released on Saturday, 15% of the more than $4.3 million spent by the Trump campaign from April through June went towards legal representation.
Wow. He IS creating jobs!! For legal counsel defending his administration…