Who cares if President Trump misleads the media? Apparently Mueller does.
It was reported that special counsel Robert Mueller's team is interested in President Donald Trump's role in drafting a misleading statement to the New York Times in the summer, about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that involved Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. Mueller's team already has questioned several White House officials about the statement and that “some lawyers and witnesses who have sat in or been briefed on the interviews have puzzled over Mueller's interest in the episode. Lying to federal investigators is a crime; lying to the news media is not.” The special counsel's focus on a statement to the press is indeed striking. A special counsel looking into possible obstruction would naturally want to question President Trump about firing the man who was investigating the Trump campaign. But how does misleading the media fit into an obstruction probe? Misleading the media, on its face, would not be of interest to Mueller. But a false statement to the press that might indicate a coverup certainly could be.
Who cares if Trump misleads the media? Apparently Mueller does. (Washington Post) Mueller Zeros In on Story Put Together About Trump Tower Meeting (New York Times)