Donald Trump’s Story On Russian Lawyer Meeting Isn’t Adding Up | The Last Word | MSNBC


>> THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WENT TO FRANCE TODAY TO TELL THE WORLD THAT AMERICA IS A COUNTRY OF LAW BREAKERS, THAT MOST PEOPLE IN AMERICA WOULD DO WHAT THE TRUMPS WOULD DO — SOLICIT ILLEGAL HELP FROM THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT IN A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN >> AS FAR AS MY SON IS CONCERNED, MY SON IS A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN

HE TOOK A MEETING WITH A RUSSIAN LAWYER, NOT A GOVERNMENT LAWYER BUT A RUSSIAN LAWYER IT WAS A SHORT MEETING IT WAS A MEETING THAT WENT VERY, VERY QUICKLY, VERY FAST TWO OTHER PEOPLE WERE IN THE ROOM I GUESS ONE OF THEM LEFT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY, AND THE OTHER ONE WAS NOT REALLY FOCUSED ON THE MEETING

I DO THINK THIS I THINK FROM A PRACTICAL STANDPOINT, MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THAT MEETING HONESTLY, I THINK THE PRESS MADE A VERY BIG DEAL OVER SOMETHING THAT REALLY A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD DO >> MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TAKEN THAT MEETING BUT NO ONE EVER HAS

NO ONE BEFORE DONALD TRUMP JR AND JARED KUSHNER AND PAUL MANAFORT, NOT IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN POLITICS NO ONE HAS EVER MET WITH SOMEONE THEY THOUGHT WAS A RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL THERE TO HELP THEM WITH RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT INFORMATION IN A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IT IS AGAINST THE LAW THE PRESIDENT TOLD THE WORLD TODAY THAT HE DOESN'T CONSIDER THAT, THE FACT THAT IT'S AGAINST THE LAW, TO BE A REASON NOT TO DO SOMETHING

IT'S AGAINST THE LAW SO WHAT? IN TRUMP WORLD, MOST PEOPLE WOULD DO IT "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTING CONTINUES TO SHOW THE TENSIONS BUILDING BETWEEN TEAM KUSHNER AND TEAM TRUMP ADVISERS TO THE WHITE HOUSE REMEMBER THAT PHRASE

ADVISERS TO THE WHITE HOUSE THAT IS HOW "THE NEW YORK TIMES" DESCRIBED THEIR ORIGINAL SOURCES ON THE STORY OF DONALD TRUMP JR AND JARED KUSHNER AND PAUL MANAFORT'S MEETING WITH NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA THEY GOT IT ALL — ALL OF IT FROM ADVISERS TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND AS I SAID AT THE TIME, THAT SOUNDED TO ME LIKE LAWYERS REPRESENTING PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE

AND, TO ME, IT SPECIFICALLY SOUNDED LIKE JARED KUSHNER'S LAWYERS BECAUSE THAT'S WHO WOULD HAVE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION THOSE ADVISERS TO THE WHITE HOUSE ARE ONCE AGAIN DELIVERING INFORMATION TO "THE NEW YORK TIMES" THAT IS HARMFUL TO THE PRESIDENT WHILE TRYING TO CAST JARED KUSHNER IN A BETTER LIGHT THE TIMES REPORTS THAT JARED KUSHNER, QUOTE, MET WITH MR TRUMP TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE, MEANING THAT MEETING WITH NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA ACCORDING TO ADVISERS TO THE WHITE HOUSE, AROUND THE TIME HE UPDATED HIS FEDERAL DISCLOSURE FORM TO INCLUDE MS

VESELNITSKAYA'S NAMEAME ON LIST OF FOREIGN CONTACTS THAT MR KUSHNER WAS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THE FBI TO OBTAIN A SECURITY CLEARANCE THAT IS A DIRECT CONTRADICTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S STORY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S STORY HAS BEEN THAT HE DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS MEETING WITH NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA UNTIL A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, UNTIL BASICALLY LAST FRIDAY WHEN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" STARTED CALLING ABOUT IT BUT MICHAEL ISIKOFF IS REPORTING TONIGHT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S LAWYERS, THE PRESIDENT'S PERSONAL LAWYERS KNEW ABOUT DONALD TRUMP JR

'S E-MAILS ABOUT THE MEETING WEEKS AGO WEEKS AGO, NOT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO SOURCES TOLD YAHOO NEWS THAT MARC KASOWITZ, THE PRESIDENT'S CHIEF LAWYER IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION, AND ALAN GARTEN WERE BOTH INFORMED ABOUT THE E-MAILS IN THE THIRD WEEK OF JUNE AFTER THEY WERE DISCOVERED BY LAWYERS FOR KUSHNER NOW, WE TOLD YOU HERE ALREADY THAT WE KNOW ABOUT THESE E-MAILS BECAUSE JARED KUSHNER'S LAWYERS FOUND THEM THAT'S HOW WE KNOW ABOUT THEM

THE FIRST PEOPLE TO READ THESE E-MAILS AFTER THEY WERE SENT LAST YEAR — THE FIRST PEOPLE TO READ THEM THIS YEAR WERE JARED KUSHNER'S LAWYERS CONSIDER THIS PACKAGE IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" MR KUSHNER SUPPLEMENTED THE LIST OF FOREIGN CONTACTS THREE TIMES, ADDING MORE THAN 100 NAMES, PEOPLE CLOSE TO HIM SAID SO PEOPLE CLOSE TO JARED KUSHNER ARE TELLING "THE NEW YORK TIMES" ABOUT JARED KUSHNER UPDATING HIS SECURITY CLEARANCE APPLICATION

TEAM KUSHNER IS OBVIOUSLY AN INVALUABLE SET OF SOURCES FOR "THE NEW YORK TIMES" BUT PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE PRESUMABLY ON TEAM TRUMP CONTINUE IN THE GIANT BATTLE OF THE SECRET SOURCES WITH "THE NEW YORK TIMES" TO TRY TO MAKE THE PRESIDENT LOOK BETTER THAN JARED KUSHNER HERE'S HOW "THE NEW YORK TIMES" DESCRIBES WHAT JARED KUSHNER TOLD HIS FATHER-IN-LAW ABOUT HIS MEETING WITH NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA MR KUSHNER PLAYED DOWN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MEETING AND OMITTED SIGNIFICANT DETAILS ACCORDING TO TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE BRIEFED ON THE EXCHANGE

THEY SAID MR KUSHNER INFORMED THE PRESIDENT THAT HE HAD MET WITH A RUSSIAN FOREIGN NATIONAL AND THAT WHILE HE HAD TO REPORT THE NAME, IT WOULD NOT CAUSE A PROBLEM FOR THE ADMINISTRATION NOW, THERE'S ONLY TWO PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE BRIEFED SOMEONE ELSE ABOUT THAT EXCHANGE — DONALD TRUMP OR JARED KUSHNER THIS PASSAGE PLAYS BETTER FOR DONALD TRUMP THAN JARED KUSHNER, SO THIS WAS NO DOUBT NOT JARED KUSHNER'S TEAM OF LEAKING, DOING THIS KIND OF LEAKING FOR THAT PARTICULAR PARAGRAPH AND IT IS STUNNING HOW BLATANTLY TEAM KUSHNER IS LEAKING TO "THE NEW YORK TIMES" AND LEAVING THEIR FINGERPRINTS IN THE ARTICLES, INCLUDING THIS PASSAGE

COLLEAGUES OF MR KUSHNER SAID HE HAD REMAINED FOCUSED AND UPBEAT DESPITE THE DRUM BEAT OF NEGATIVE HEADLINES, A TRAIT THEY ASCRIBE TO HIS EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH THE LEGAL TROUBLES OF HIS FATHER, CHARLES KUSHNER, WHO WAS CONVICTED OF TAX EVASION AND WITNESS TAMPERING NOW, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING ABOUT THAT SENTENCE ONE IS IT BEGINS WITH COLLEAGUES OF MR KUSHNER

TEAM KUSHNER JUST BLATANTLY SAYING, YEAH, WE'RE ANONYMOUS SOURCES FOR THE TIMES, AND HERE'S SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO SAY THAT WE THINK HELPS JARED SO COLLEAGUES OF MR KUSHNER THAT ALSO MEANS THAT THOSE COLLEAGUES ARE SOURCES OF OTHER THINGS THAN THE THINGS THEY HAVE THEIR ACTUAL LABEL ON IN THE ARTICLE THAT'S HOW IT WORKS, AND THEY ARE NO DOUBT SOURCES FOR MANY OTHER ARTICLES

THIS BIT, THIS BIT, THE COLLEAGUES OF MR KUSHNER, THEY THOUGHT THIS PLAYED WELL FOR JARED KUSHNER, THAT HE'S KEEPING HIS COOL BECAUSE HE'S BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE IT'S A REMINDER THAT JARED KUSHNER'S FATHER WENT TO PRISON FOR TAX EVASION AND WITNESS TAMPERING AND AS WE TOLD YOU LAST NIGHT, THE WITNESS TAMPERING WAS ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARILY UGLY, NON-VIOLENT FAMILY STORIES YOU COULD EVER HEAR THE WITNESS THAT JARED KUSHNER'S FATHER WAS TAMPERING WITH WAS HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW

HIS SISTER'S HUSBAND AND THE WAY JARED KUSHNER'S FATHER DECIDED TO TAMPER WITH THAT WITNESS WAS TO HIRE A PROSTITUTE WHO WOULD THEN SEDUCE HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW AND DID SEDUCE HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW AND MAKE A VIDEO OF HER ENCOUNTER WITH HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW AND THEN JARED KUSHNER'S FATHER, JARED KUSHNER'S HERO SENT THAT VIDEO OF THE PROSTITUTE AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW TO HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW'S WIFE, SENT IT TO HIS SISTER THAT'S WHAT JARED KUSHNER'S FATHER DID, AND THAT'S WHAT COLLEAGUES OF MR KUSHNER DECIDED WAS A GOOD IDEA TO REVIVE WHEN TELLING THAT STORY TO "THE NEW YORK TIMES" ABOUT JUST HOW FOCUSED AND UPBEAT JARED REMAINS BECAUSE, HEY, YOU KNOW, HE'S BEEN THROUGH THIS KIND OF THING BEFORE, A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION IN THE FAMILY

TEAM TRUMP IS BEGINNING TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS POSED BY JARED KUSHNER AND COLLEAGUES OF MR KUSHNER BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP MIGHT BE THE LAST ONE TO FIGURE THAT OUT JOINING US NOW, NANCY SODEBERG AND DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER AT THE WHITE HOUSE UNDER PRESIDENT CLINTON ALSO JEREMY BASH, FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE CIA AND DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

AMBASSADOR SOEDER BERG, I WANT TO GO TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID TODAY IN FRANCE WHERE HE BASICALLY STOOD UP THERE AND SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE WOULD DO THIS MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THIS MEETING HE DIDN'T SAY IT'S AGAINST THE LAW AND MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THIS MEETING, BUT WE ALL KNOW IT'S AGAINST THE LAW SO WE ALL KNOW THE PRESIDENT WAS SAYING, MOST PEOPLE, MOST AMERICANS, MOST PEOPLE WHO WORK ON AMERICAN CAMPAIGNS WOULD COMMIT THIS CRIME >> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, IT UNDERSCORES HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO HAVE MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY THAT CLOSE INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE

YOU'RE ALWAYS GOING TO DEFEND YOUR FAMILY FIRST WE DON'T ACTUALLY KNOW YET WHAT THE FACTS ARE IN TERMS OF THE LAW IT'S NOT ILLEGAL TO MEET WITH FOREIGN NATIONALS DURING A TRANSITION IT IS ILLEGAL TO TAKE HELP FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, AND THERE ARE SO MANY QUESTIONS STILL INVOLVED HERE THAT IT'S GOING TO BE ONE DRIP, DRIP, DRIP AND THE FASTER THE PRESIDENT CAN BREAK FROM SOME OF THESE ISSUES AND MOVE FORWARD, THE BETTER IT WILL BE

AND HE'S UNABLE TO DO THAT BECAUSE HE'S GOT TO DEFEND MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY SO I THINK THIS IS A STORY THAT'S GOING TO CONSUME THE WHITE HOUSE FOR SOME TIME TO COME >> JEREMY BASH, YOUR REACTION TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAD TO SAY ABOUT THIS CASE TODAY IN FRANCE >> YEAH, I THINK THE EVERYBODY DOES IT DEFENSE IS GOING TO BE VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN TO BOB MUELLER FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS FIRST, MEETING WAS WITH AH A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL

SECOND, IT WASN'T JUST ANY GOVERNMENT IT WAS OF A FOREIGN ADVERSARY THIRD, WHAT WAS BEING ADVERTISED IN THE MEETING AND IN THE E-MAILS WAS SUPPORT, A CONTRIBUTION, AN ILLEGAL CONTRIBUTION FROM A FOREIGN NATIONAL TO THE CAMPAIGN IN THE FORM OF OPPOSITION RESEARCH AND, FOURTH, THE E-MAIL TRAFFIC FROM THE INTERMEDIARY EXPLICITLY SAID THIS WAS PART OF RUSSIA AND THE GOVERNMENT'S SUPPORT FOR DONALD TRUMP IF YOU TAKE ALL FOUR OF THOSE FACTORS COMBINED, IT LOOKED A LOT DIFFERENT THAN STANDARD OPPOSITION RESEARCH, WHICH EVERYBODY DOES

>> LET'S LISTEN TO WHAT SENATOR MARK WARNER SAID TODAY ABOUT THESE NEW DEVELOPMENTS INVOLVING DONALD TRUMP'S FAMILY >> WE STILL ANTICIPATE TALKING TO MR KUSHNER WE HAVE MADE A SERIES OF DOCUMENT REQUESTS, AND WE EXPECT TO BE RECEIVING THOSE VERY SHORTLY WE ALSO, AS RECENTLY AS THIS WEEK, HAVE PUT OUT REQUESTS TO DONALD TRUMP JR

, AND I'M GOING TO TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD JUST AS I'LL TALK MR KUSHNER AT HIS WORD THAT THEY WANT TO COOPERATE WITH THE COMMITTEE >> AMBASSADOR SODERBERG THIS IS HOW THESE EXPAND A STORY LIKE THIS BREAKS AND SUDDENLY THEY HAVE SOME VERY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS THEY'D LIKE TO ASK DONALD TRUMP JR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

>> WELL, AND FIRST OF ALL, ON THE OPPOSITION RESEARCH DURING A CAMPAIGN, IT IS NOT NORMAL TO HAVE THE CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, PAUL MANAFORT, AND SOME OF THE CLOSEST ASSOCIATES OF THE CANDIDATE SIT DOWN AND DO THIS YOU USUALLY HAVE A VERY SEPARATE TEAM DOING IT AND THIS IS A TEAM THAT CAN'T GET THEIR STORY STRAIGHT AND WHATEVER THE ORIGINAL SIN WAS HERE, WHETHER IT WAS CRIMINAL OR JUST DUMB, THE PROBLEM ALWAYS COMES IN THE INVESTIGATION AND WHETHER YOU'RE TELLING THE TRUTH PEOPLE ALWAYS LIE UNDER OATH, ALWAYS TRY AND HIDE THE TRUTH, AND IT'S ALWAYS THE COVER-UP THAT GETS THESE GUYS

SO THEY BETTER GET THEIR STORY OUT RIGHT AWAY AND GET IT STRAIGHT THEY'RE GOING TO BE UNDER OATH, SO THEY CAN'T RE-DO THE SECURITY FORMS OR REDO THEIR STATEMENTS AND I DON'T THINK WE STILL KNOW THE FULL TRUTH OF ANY OF THESE MEETINGS AND THAT'S WHAT THESE INVESTIGATIONS ARE GOING TO SHOW, AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME AND I DON'T THINK ANY OF THE CURRENT STATEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD WILL BE THE FULL STORY

THERE'S A LOT MORE HERE THAN WE KNOW >> LET'S LISTEN TO WHAT SENATOR BLUMENTHAL SAID TODAY ABOUT JARED KUSHNER >> I THINK JARED KUSHNER OUGHT TO RESIGN EITHER DONALD TRUMP IS LYING WHEN HE SAYS THAT HE KNEW NOTHING OF THE MEETING, OR JARED KUSHNER FAILED TO TELL HIM ABOUT IT >> JEREMY, YOUR REACTION TO THAT? >> WELL, I THINK, AGAIN, BOB MUELLER IS GOING TO LOOK AT ALL THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND ASK EVERY SINGLE PERSON INVOLVED WHAT DID YOU TELL THE PRESIDENT AND WHEN DID YOU TELL HIM

IT'S INTERESTING THE DEFENSE OF DONALD JUNIOR IS HE'S NOT THAT BRIGHT AND HE DOESN'T KNOW VERY MUCH, WHICH IS SORT OF DAMNING WITH FAINT PRAISE OF THE SON OF THE PRESIDENT BUT JARED KUSHNER IS A BRIGHT INDIVIDUAL WITH A VERY IMPORTANT JOB IN GOVERNMENT, AND I THINK HE'S GOING TO BE HELD TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD AND PAUL MANAFORT HAS BASICALLY MADE A CAREER OF BEING AN EXPERT ON FOREIGN AGENT REGISTRATION, ON LOBBYING DISCLOSURE, ON FEDERAL ELECTION LAW HE CLEARLY KNOWS THAT IT IS INAPPROPRIATE AND UNLAWFUL TO ACCEPT A CONTRIBUTION FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, FROM THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT'S DELINEATED AS PART OF A RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OPERATION TO HELP THE CAMPAIGN

PAUL MANAFORT KNOWS WELL THAT THAT IS INAPPROPRIATE AND ILLEGAL >> JEREMY BASH

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