Richard Painter, ethics lawyer under George W Bush, says president’s reported drafting of statement on son’s meeting meant ‘boxing witness into false story’

Donald Trump’s alleged role in personally drafting a misleading statement about his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer is “obstruction of justice”, a former White House ethics lawyer has said.

“You’re boxing in a witness into a false story,” Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer for George W Bush, told the Guardian. “That puts them under enormous pressure to turn around and lie under oath to be consistent with their story.

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