It's getting harder for the Trump administration to deny Russia ties.
The White House claims President Trump was not aware of the meeting between his son Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney, but skeptics are digging up clues that say otherwise. Journalist Yashar Ali posted a timeline on Twitter suggesting President Trump might have known about his son's emails, based on some curious statements he made the same day as the correspondence.
The tweet states that on June 7, at 5:16 p.m., Trump Jr. confirmed the meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in an email with an acquaintance, music publicist Rob Goldstone. In the course of the emails, Goldstone made clear what was to be presented at the meeting:
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.
Did President Trump know about the plan to receive foreign intel on Hillary Clinton, which some say could be collusion? While Trump Jr. says his dad didn't know, here's what the president said at a campaign speech the same night Trump Jr. confirmed the meeting:
I am going to give a major speech on, probably Monday of next week, and we are going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. I think you're going to find it very informative and very, very interesting.
This could just be coincidence; still, everyone involved has been distancing the president from the story.
The New York Times reported that both the White House and a spokesperson for Trump's own lawyer have said he only recently learned about the meeting. Trump Jr. said as much on Fox News Tuesday night, calling the meeting "a nothing" — his explanation for not telling his dad.
Trump has been defending his son on Twitter and referenced the Fox News interview on Sean Hannity.
My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!
Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also read a statement from the president Tuesday with similar information.
My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency.
The question remains to be whether Trump truly didn't know about the meeting, or he did and he wants it to go away. Trump Jr.'s emails are a clear link to Russia, but whether President Trump can be linked to the meeting that came out of them is still up in the air.