President Donald Trump defended his eldest son in a Sunday morning tweet, insisting that the infamous June 2016 meeting that Donald Trump Jr. took with a Russian attorney at Trump Tower to get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton was "totally legal".
Trump tweeted Sunday that recent reports suggesting the president is concerned about his son Donald Trump Jr.'s legal fate were a "complete fabrication", before offering a new interpretation of his son's June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
"I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", he said on ABC's "This Week" program, before continuing attacks on the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in USA politics, a strategy Trump personally began from the time he took office.
President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to change his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation. It's not surprising, then, that Mueller's investigators have told Trump's lawyers that they want to ask him what he knew about the Trump Tower meeting at the time.
The declaration that the meeting was indeed to get information on Clinton does open the door to this meeting being an attempt by Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the election, and in spite of Trump's claim that it was legal, still opens the possibility of crimes having been committed.
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow nevertheless attempted to rationalize the 2016 meeting as legal in an interview Sunday on ABC's This Week.
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Russian Federation has repeatedly denied claims it interfered in the November 2016 presidential elections, where Mr Trump defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
However, legal experts say that Mr Trump Jr could fall foul of campaign finance laws, which prohibit accepting anything of value from a foreign government or foreign national. At the time, Trump and his White House had falsely claimed that he had only offered his input into the crafting of the statement.
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'I don't represent Don Jr., but I will tell you I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told that he's a target of any investigation, and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel, ' he said.
Marshall reported that during the private meeting, according to Trump himself, Putin brought up the Russian adoptions.
Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey a few months after taking office. "Did I meet with people that were Russian? They can also cause War!" Mueller was appointed to take over the probe after the firing.
He described the answers as "nonresponsive", where Trump would "add things on" or "make self-serving statements" that didn't make any sense within the context of the question.