As the White House churns through staff, and jilted senior advisers start heading for the exits, it's going to be harder and harder for the West Wing to wage President Trump's war on leaks.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump himself dictated the statement.
The Washington Post said Trump advisers discussed the new disclosure and agreed that Trump Jr. should issue a truthful account of the episode so that it "couldn't be repudiated later if the full details emerged".
Trump Jr. released emails in July that showed he eagerly agreed a year ago to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father. The New York Times was first to report the meeting.
No. The statement that Don Jr. put out. But Trump did not always feel that way, according to several accounts of Scaramucci's short but dramatic tenure at the White House. The longtime Washington correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks has been covering White Houses for two decades, but this administration seems to keep creating weird moments with the veteran reporter. New York, last week, Trump implored police officers, "Please don't be too nice".
Trump has maintained that he learned of the meeting just days before The Times first reported on it, and previous reporting suggested he had merely signed off on the statement.
"Apart from being of no effect, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate and not pertinent", he said in a statement to CNN after the Post published its story on Monday.
"This is similar to subparagraph 8 of the Nixon's first impeachment article which accused President Nixon making a misleading public statement for the objective of deceiving the people of the United States into believing further investigation of the Watergate break in was unnecessary", he said.
Scaramucci had been blocked from joining the administration during the transition by Priebus, only to eventually be hired by Trump a week-and-half ago. "I said you could take the hand away". But Monday's report describing direct involvement by Trump in the response could attract more scrutiny to Trump amid investigations by Congress and the FBI into Russian election interference.
"Now someone can claim he's the one who attempted to mislead". But Trump aides made clear that the president still wanted to see action on health care.
"I will do whatever the president and our new chief of staff General Kelly ask me to do", Conway told Fox News' "Fox News Sunday".