When Donald Trump Jr. shared the details of his emails with a Russian lawyer through his Twitter account last month, it appeared like it was bad news for The President. However, new details have now emerged that the entire episode was orchestrated by Trump and his advisors in order to stay ahead of the press. According to a report by the Washington Post, the President and his advisors decided on this course of action during the G20 summit in Germany.

Damage control

By the time the President was in attendance at the G20 summit in Germany, the story about a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer in the lead up to the US Presidential election last year surfaced in several sections of the media.

Donald Trump and his advisors believed that the story had grave implications for the President and his political future, which is why they needed to come up with a strategy to counter it. The press could not be allowed to set the narrative and hence it was decided that the President's eldest son should release a statement regarding the meetings.

That, however, was not the end of it. According to the Washington Post report, Donald Trump himself dictated the contents of his son's statement while on his journey back from Germany. The statement informed that Donald Trump Jr. had met the Russian lawyer over the matter of adoption of Russian children and campaign-related matters were not under discussion.

President's intervention

The facts that later emerged from Donald Trump Jr's statement suggested that the meeting with Russian lawyer was in fact related to the campaign since the lawyer had offered to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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However, something that will now create a problem for the President is his direct intervention in the matter, which might end up creating a legal wrangle for him. The Russian investigation that is being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller is in full swing.

President Trump's advisors are now a bit mystified about his decision to intervene in the matter and believe that the part he played might eventually give the impression that he was deliberately trying to deceive the American people about any links to Russia. An advisor who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity said, “Now someone can claim he’s the one who attempted to mislead. Somebody can argue the President is saying he doesn’t want you to say the whole truth.”