Over the weekend, the Trump administration once again switched its official story about a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer.
“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower,” President Donald Trump tweeted. “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere.”
“I did not know about it!”
The tweet was the first time the President has publicly acknowledged that the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 was to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, a CNN panel tried to make sense of the administration’s ever-shifting justifications for the meeting—and the ramifications for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
Former ambassador Norman Eisen, a Brookings Institute fellow and CNN contributor, pointed out that there are signs in how Mueller is conducting the investigation.
“Don Jr. is among the most likely targets. And we have a clue. Mueller hasn’t yet talked to him. He’s saving him for last,” Eisen said. “That’s a sign that he may be charged.”
CNN host Kate Bolduan noted that even as the administration’s story changes, there’s one recurring theme.
“If there’s one constant in the inconsistencies in all of it, the one thing is that the president says that he didn’t know anything about the meeting … in advance,” she said.
“That’s the one constant there is, which I find fascinating.”
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Love, who was one of only two black Republicans in Congress at the time she lost re-election in 2018, visibly squirmed over the president's words, but danced around using the term — and lashed out at the idea that she should be expected to criticize the president.
"First of all, I think the reason why you’re not seeing Republicans come out is because it’s a very icky subject to get into," said Love. "They don’t like it. They don’t want to be part of it. They would rather it just kind of go away. Frankly to me, and I think a lot of people, it’s incredibly frustrating to see these types of Tweets come out because it pulls away from any positive agenda that has to happen ... it’s going to be difficult for the president to continue to talk to independents, when he continues to make people feel like they aren’t part of the American vision he’s putting out there."