MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace tears up Trump Jr. testimony on Russia meeting: 'Lies, lies, lies'

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace tears up Trump Jr. testimony on Russia meeting: 'Lies, lies, lies'

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace hit Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpWhite House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Top Democrats knock Trump on World AIDS Day MORE on Monday over his testimony on a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, calling the president's son's comments "lies, lies, lies."

Wallace during a segment on "Deadline White House" read aloud Trump Jr.'s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last September, when he discussed his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and top campaign aides at Trump Tower in 2016. The Kremlin-linked lawyer had offered dirt on President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThree legal scholars say Trump should be impeached; one thinks otherwise Report: Barr attorney can't provide evidence Trump was set up by DOJ Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats MORE.

Wallace read the part of Trump Jr.'s testimony in which he said he did not know whether President Trump was involved in crafting his initial statement on the meeting. In that same testimony, Trump Jr. said his father may have "commented through [former White House communications director] Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksJustice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Former White House official won't testify, lawyer says Trump: 'Top shows' on Fox News, cable are 'Fair (or great)' to me MORE."


"Lies, lies, lies," Wallace said as she ripped up the paper in her hand.

Wallace's segment on Trump Jr.'s testimony came after a bombshell report by The New York Times that Trump's lawyers revealed in a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller that the president had dictated Trump Jr.'s statement on the Trump Tower meeting. 

The report contradicted Trump Jr.'s testimony and the statements of Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, who previously denied the president had any involvement crafting Trump Jr.'s response to reports about the meeting.

The meeting, and the potential coordinated cover-up, has been a focus in Mueller's investigation of Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential race. The changing narrative surrounding the Trump Tower events is likely to raise new legal questions, despite the president's lawyer's assertions that he did not and cannot obstruct justice.

Wallace, a former communications director to President George W. Bush, has repeatedly criticized Trump and his administration this year. In late May, she stopped reading Trump's tweets attacking the FBI on air, calling them "boldface lies."