Yesterday's story: It didn't happen.
Today's story: If it happened, I had a right to do it.
Well, that's confidence-building.
Yeah, I understand the sentiment. However, let's remember how the Clinton/Obama version went:
First story: Nope, didn't do that.
Second story after evidence emerges: Nope, never happened.
Third story after incontrovertible evidence emerges: Don't think it happened and if it happened it didn't happen the way the evidence says it happened.
Nth story when it becomes obvious there's no way out of admitting it happened: [Sullenly] Mistakes were made ...
So in addition to being rather, well, brazen, I think there's also a case to be made that Trump & Co. are more speedy and efficient at getting to the Big Reveal.