Spicer: No reason to think Don Jr’s Russia meeting was about anything but adoption policy
White House press secretary Sean Spicer was back giving press briefings Monday after an extended break. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the briefing was off camera, so we didn’t get to see April Ryan’s face when Spicey let loose with this little head scratcher:
“There was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything… except for discussion about adoption and the Magnitsky Act,” Spicer said of Donald Trump Jr’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer said to have close ties to the Kremlin, a former Soviet spy, a Russian translator, and an as of yet identified representative of a Russian family who helped set up the meeting.
It’s an interesting assertion to make, as it suggests Spicer has been in a sensory deprivation tank for the last two weeks. Last we checked, there were at least a few things that might lead someone to believe the meeting was, in fact, about something other than the Magnitsky Act and Russia’s ban on adoption of Russian children by Americans as retaliation.
1. This email Don Jr released with the subject line “FW- Russia – Clinton – private and confidential.”
2. This excerpt from that email:
5. This tweet from the president.