Marvellously reported, Donald Trump’s Communications Director Hope Hicks could be implicated in possible plot to obstruct justice by concealing explosive emails.
The statement, released about the meeting, has become a focus of the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Prosecutors working for Mueller in recent months have questioned numerous White House officials about how the release came together — and about how directly Mr. Trump oversaw the process.
It placed the president’s son Trump Jr. and his top campaign officials in direct contact with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Mrs. Clinton, and an email to the president’s son emerged saying that the information was part of Russia’s effort to help the Trump campaign. The special counsel is investigating how those revelations were handled in real time in part because the president was involved in his administration’s response.
Hicks allegedly told Mark Corallo, Trump’s former legal spokesman, that explosive emails from Trump Jr. prior to the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 would “never get out.”
Hicks is likely on limelight for Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, her intimate knowledge of the campaign and transition making her a key witness for special counsel.
Corallo reportedly believed Hicks may have been suggesting that the emails be concealed. He was also concerned because Hicks had made the statement without a lawyer present and while the president was on the call.LHe resigned from his position shortly after the call.
Hicks’ attorney pushed back against Corallo’s reported account of the call. “She never said that,” her attorney, Robert Trout, told The Times. “And the idea that Hope Hicks ever suggested that emails or other documents would be concealed or destroyed is completely false.”
Aboard Air Force One returning from the G20 summit in Germany, Trump and Hicks drafted a statement in response to the story, claiming the meeting was about international adoption rights. The statement was subsequently issued in Trump Jr.’s name.
It was revealed later that the meeting was intended to score dirt on Trump’s opponent.
The emails were subsequently published by the Times, showing Trump Jr.’s eagerness to receive scuttlebutt on Clinton from the Russians.
According to Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” the call prompted Corallo to quit as he saw no good outcome from the situation, confiding that “the meeting on Air Force One represented a likely obstruction of justice.”
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