- Excerpts from the journalist Michael Wolff’s upcoming book on President Donald Trump’s White House say that a spokesman for Trump’s legal team resigned because he feared that a meeting aboard Air Force One in July represented obstruction of justice.
- The Washington Post reported last year that while aboard Air Force One, Trump had dictated a misleading statement about a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving his son Donald Trump Jr., other campaign operatives, and a Russian lawyer.
- Several top White House staff members were either at the meeting or nearby, the excerpts say.
- Some have already questioned the veracity of some of Wolff’s reporting in the book.
A discussion aboard Air Force One last year about the response to reports of a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting prompted a spokesman for President Donald Trump’s legal team to quit, excerpts from an upcoming book on the Trump administration say.
The excerpts, published this week by several news organizations, from the journalist Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” say that the spokesman, Mark Corallo, told Wolff in private that he feared that the Air Force One meeting represented obstruction of justice.
The Washington Post reported last year that while aboard Air Force One on July 8 returning from the G-20 summit in Germany, Trump dictated a misleading statement about the meeting, in which his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and other campaign operatives met with a Russian lawyer.
Trump Jr. said in his initial statement that they had primarily discussed child adoption programs, but emails he released days later showed he had agreed to the meeting after being promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
The excerpts from Wolff’s book say that Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, and Jared Kushner, her husband – both White House advisers – were at the Air Force One meeting but that she left shortly afterward and Kushner did not take any notes.
Several other staff members – including Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, and H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser – were in a room nearby watching the Cohen brothers’ movie “Fargo,” the excerpts say.
While Wolff’s book, set to be released Tuesday, has already had a large impact in Washington and elicited statements from the president, some people, such as the former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, have called into question the veracity of his reporting.