GOP rep on Trump dictating Russia meeting statement: Best to have ‘maximum amount of transparency’

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) said Tuesday it's important to be transparent after a report that President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE dictated a misleading statement about his eldest son's meeting last year with a Russian lawyer.

"It's always best to have the maximum amount of transparency on any issue that is before you, as it obviously played out in this particular case with the few days in a row of the story coming out," Zeldin said on CNN's "New Day."

His comments come after The Washington Post reported that the president dictated a statement from Donald Trump Jr. about his meeting with a Russian lawyer.


Trump reportedly dictated the statement on July 8, while he was en route back to the U.S. from the Group of 20 summit in Germany.

The statement said the meeting was "not a campaign issue at the time." It said the topic primarily had been Russian adoption policy.

But shortly after, Trump Jr. released an email thread detailing his conversations setting up the meeting with the Russian lawyer, whom he was told had compromising information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future Popping the progressive bubble MORE.

Zeldin pointed out that the Post report said it is not known what Trump knew at the time about the Trump Jr. meeting.

"I would be really interested in knowing what the president knew at that time," Zeldin said. 

"The president dictated a statement and obviously as it played out over the course of a few days, it's good to provide maximum amount of information up front."