CNN anchor Jake Tapper began Friday’s broadcast of The Lead by slamming the Trump administration for its crisis management, noting that “the maxim in Washington, D.C. when beset with a scandal is: Get all the information out, get it out as soon as possible, and get it out on your own terms.” He added that Trump and his team “seem determined to violate this sage advice in every possible way.”
Tapper called out Don Jr. for not being forthcoming and previously disclosing the full story, thereby allowing the situation to implode and become much worse.
Next, he played a clip of Don Jr.’s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity where he stated that the communications he divulged on Twitter between himself and a middleman for a Russian oligarch were “everything.”
However, Tapper was quick to point: “This was not everything.”
Without saying so, Tapper basically accuses Donald Trump of knowing about the meeting between Don Jr. and the Russian lawyer. NOTE: Trump denied this week that he had any knowledge of the meeting.
Tapper defends his instincts by highlighting Trump’s campaign speech from June 7th, which is the same day Don Jr.’s meeting was scheduled with the Russian lawyer. On that day, Trump promised a “major speech” the following week that would discuss “all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons and Russia.” But Tapper points out the speech never materialized.
Additionally, Tapper called into question Don Jr.’s arranged phone call with Amin Agalarav, son of the Russian oligarch who was allegedly trying to pass incriminating information to the Trump campaign. Tapper questions why Don Jr. denied the call ever happened when their email exchanges could suggest otherwise.
He concluded his commentary by referencing conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy’s complaints about how the White House handled the Trump-Russia collusion story.
Watch Tapper’s full commentary below:
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