Sunday, 21 October, 2018

President Trump Acknowledges Trump Tower Meeting Was About Information on Hillary Clinton

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| 06 August, 2018, 07:15

U.S. 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, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.

He continued: "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere".

The lawyer recalled the moment he realized he was starting to get under Trump's skin: "He's calling me a 'third-rate lawyer, ' I though it was pretty good that he was saying that because it meant that finally, after nearly two hours, that I had gotten to him".

Sekulow also on "This Week" supported the president's claim that there was nothing legally questionable about Trump Jr. having the June 2016 meeting with the Russians.

According to the Washington Post, a Trump adviser said the president does not think his son broke the law on objective but fears he inadvertently may have wandered into legal jeopardy'. Since then, a series of details have gradually emerged, Trump Jr. acknowledging the offer and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders admitting during a briefing last month that the president "weighed in" on the meeting.

One of Mr Trump's lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said on Sunday that the meeting had nor broken any laws.

Within a series of morning tweets making what has become a routine attack on the Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, Trump first denied Saturday's reports that he was anxious about his son being ensnared by the probe.

Trump, however, has maintained he had no prior knowledge about the meeting. Though the president tweet-claimed that the oppo-research was "totally legal and done all the time in politics", it thoroughly contradicts his earlier claims that the meeting was called to discuss American adoption of Russian orphans.

Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were known to have attended the meeting with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.


Far from something that is "done all the time", Trump's admission would make him the first USA presidential candidate in history to admit accepting campaign aid from the Russian government.

When asked by host George Stephanopoulos how a meeting arranged to get information on an opponent could be legal, Sekulow responded: "Well, the question is, how would it be illegal?"

Reports on Saturday indicated Trump was getting concerned that his son, Donald Trump Jr, could become entangled in Mueller's investigation.

Sekulow said the important thing was that Trump's legal team shared accurate information with the special counsel.

"When you look at a meeting that took place a year before - now two years ago - the question is, what law, statute, rule or regulation's been violated, and nobody's pointed to one", Sekulow added.

President Trump is back at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, and this morning he released another flurry of tweets, including one about his son Don Jr.

Before he was president, private citizen Donald Trump sat for several depositions in legal cases related to his businesses.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a Make America Great Again rally in Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, OH, U.S., August 4, 2018. "They can also cause War!"

Both the Washington Post and Tapper have reported that Trump is indeed increasingly anxious about, as Tapper said today, Junior's "legal exposure getting in the Mueller probe".

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