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her what the meeting had been about, and she said that she had been told the meeting was about Russian adoption.699 The President responded, "then just say that."700

On the flight home from the G20 on July 8, 2017, Hicks obtained a draft statement about the meeting to be released by Trump Jr. and brought it to the President.701 The draft statement began with a reference to the information that was offered by the Russians in setting up the meeting: "I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign."702 Hicks again wanted to disclose the entire story, but the President directed that the statement not be issued because it said too much.703 The President told Hicks to say only that Trump Jr. took a brief meeting and it was about Russian adoption.704 After speaking with the President, Hicks texted Trump Jr. a revised statement on the June 9 meeting that read:

It was a short meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at that time and there was no follow up. 705

Hicks' s text concluded, "Are you ok with this? Attributed to you."706 Trump Jr. responded by text message that he wanted to add the word "primarily" before "discussed" so that the statement would read, "We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children."707 Trump Jr. texted that he wanted the change because "[t]hey started with some Hillary thing which was bs and some other nonsense which we shot down fast. "708 Hicks texted back, "I think that's right too but boss man worried it invites a lot of questions[.) [U]ltimately [d]efer to you and [your attorney] on that word Be I know it's important and I think the mention of a campaign issue adds something to it in case we have to go further." 709 Trump Jr. responded, "lfl don't have it in there it appears as though I'm lying later when they inevitably leak something." 710 Trump Jr. ' s statement-adding

699 Hicks 3/13/18 302, at 3; Hicks 12/7/17 302, at I 0. 700 Hicks 3/13/ l 8 302, at 3; see Hicks 12/7/ 17 302, at I 0. 701 Hicks 3/13/18 302, at 4.

702 Hicks 7/8/17 Notes. 703 Hicks 3/ 13/18 302, at 4-5; Hicks I 2/7117 302, at 11. 704 Hicks 12/7/17 302, at 11. 705 SCRO 11 a_000004 (7/8/ 17 Text Message, Hicks to Trump Jr.).

706 SCR01 la_000004 (7/8/17 Text Message, Hicks to Trump Jr.).

707 SCRO 11 a_000005 (7/8/17 Text Message, Trump Jr. to Hicks).

708 SCROl la_000005 (7/8/17 Text Message, Trump Jr. to Hicks).

709 SCRO 11 a_000005 (7/8/17 Text Message, Hicks to Trump Jr.).

710 SCRO l la_000006 (7/8/ 17 Text Message, Trump Jr. to Hicks).


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