Conservatives: No proof Trump lied about Russia sanctions
The conservative-leaning National Review is accusing President Donald Trump of lying about the U.S. sanctions on Russia.
In a piece published Monday, the magazine cited “a series of statements” from Trump that the president did not make.
The magazine also cited Trump’s failure to disclose meetings with Russian diplomats.
“The president’s refusal to release all of his tax returns is troubling and raises questions about his ability to fulfill his constitutional obligation to make a full disclosure of his taxes, if he has any,” National Review editor Rich Lowry wrote.
The article noted that Trump has said the sanctions were aimed at disrupting the election.
“President Trump has claimed the sanctions have been designed to disrupt the November 8 election.
But we are not convinced of that,” Lowry wrote, noting that Trump’s statement came after a New York Times report that said Trump had discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Kislyak’s wife, Vadim.
“Trump’s denial is not enough to make up for his failure to fully disclose his interactions with the Russian ambassador and his refusal to disclose his meetings with Kislyak’s Russian wife,” Lowry said.
The National Review said that Trump is now under “great pressure” to release his tax records.
“A new report by the New York Post on Tuesday morning says that the President lied to Congress, but also that the evidence for that lie is circumstantial,” the magazine wrote.
“As we noted in the article, it’s unlikely that the Trump White House will be able to prove that Trump was telling the truth when he said that the sanctions had been designed not to disrupt our election.
That’s because, according to the Post’s report, Trump’s tax returns were destroyed in 2013.
Trump did not disclose the destruction of his returns, but he has long denied it.
And it’s not clear that Trump ever told Congress that he never discussed sanctions.
“[I]t’s hard to imagine that Trump telling lawmakers that the U:s has not imposed sanctions on the Russian government would be any different from telling them that he did not have any discussions with his Russian counterparts about Russia’s actions during the 2016 election.” “
There are several problems with Trump’s claim that the Obama administration has imposed sanctions against Russia,” Lowry and the National Journal wrote.
“[I]t’s hard to imagine that Trump telling lawmakers that the U:s has not imposed sanctions on the Russian government would be any different from telling them that he did not have any discussions with his Russian counterparts about Russia’s actions during the 2016 election.”
Lowry called the President’s refusal “a major, major problem” for the country.
The Trump administration, Lowry and National Review noted, has been “complicit in the most egregious and blatant cover-up of a domestic scandal in American history.”
The sanctions are intended to deter Moscow from interfering in the U., Lowry and Trump said.
But “we know that Trump knew of their existence and they existed for many months prior to his inauguration,” Lowry noted.
“This is no excuse, but we believe it’s a problem that has been deliberately kept secret by the Trump administration.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN.