Never ask Trump for advice

You might remember how Donald Trump Jr. changed his story a few times as the NY Times kept adding details to their story of his meeting with some Russians before he finally put out the full email chain. It turns out he got help from his father:

The strategy, the advisers agreed, should be for Donald Trump Jr. to release a statement to get ahead of the story. They wanted to be truthful, so their account couldn’t be repudiated later if the full details emerged.

But within hours, at the president’s direction, the plan changed.

Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had ‘‘primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children’’ when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared a story, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was ‘‘not a campaign issue at the time.’’

What a smart guy. It gets better:

Trump, they say, is increasingly acting as his own lawyer, strategist, and publicist, often disregarding the recommendations of the professionals he has hired.

‘‘He refuses to sit still,’’ the presidential adviser said. ‘‘He doesn’t think he’s in any legal jeopardy, so he really views this as a political problem he is going to solve by himself.’’

As they say: A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client. By the way, this is sometimes said to be from Abraham Lincoln who was a Republican–very few people know that.

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