...which means [SURPRISE!!!]… he’s lying. How can you claim no knowledge of a meeting that you say “SOUNDED [past tense] unimportant”? More detail on the New York Times interview:
The President’s knowledge of the June 6 meeting:
The meeting transcript shows the president hedging about his knowledge of the meeting prior to press reports. He says that he did not “look closely” into the email, and then that he “had heard that there was an email,” shifting, strikingly, to the present tense, in saying that “they have information on Hillary Clinton.” When in his account all this takes place is not clear. He does deny that, as the question is put to him, he knew about the meeting “at the time.” Then comes this exchange:
Haberman: No one told you a word, nothing? I know we talked about this on the plane a little bit.
Trump: No, nobody told me. I didn’t know noth--It’s a very unimportant--sounded like a very unimportant meeting.
Haberman is referring to an exchange that took place on Air Force One, in which the press pool reported the president acknowledging ““in fact, maybe [the meeting] was mentioned at some point.” Note that here he breaks off from stating that he knew “nothing” “noth—“ and resumes instead repeating that the meeting was unimportant. In other words, he is preserving the option of saying that he might have heard about the meeting after the fact—the offer and the discussion at Trump Tower—but paid little heed to it, deeming it unimportant. The problem, of course, is that if a delegation comes from Moscow with information from “official sources” supposedly damaging to Hillary Clinton, then the dismissal of its “importance” is somewhat hard to understand.
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