President Donald Trump admitted during an impassioned Twitter rant on Sunday that his son's controversial meeting with a Russian attorney during the 2016 campaign was, in fact, an attempt to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to insist he is not concerned about potential legal questions surrounding his son Donald Trump Jr.'s involvement in a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians. "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere", he wrote. As we now know, Trump Jr. later acknowledged that it clearly wasn't just about adoption.
He said that Trump's legal team is inclined "at this point" to advise Trump not to agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
But Sunday's Twitter post marks the first time that the elder Trump has publicly acknowledged the objective of the meeting, which was also attended by his then-Campaign Chair Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
"I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the President", Sekulow said on July 12, 2017.
Trump was responding to a Washington Post report this weekend that although he does not think his eldest son intentionally broke the law, he is anxious that Trump Jr. may have unintentionally stumbled into legal jeopardy and is embroiled in Mueller's investigation largely because of his connection to the president. One of his former lawyers, Michael Cohen, is reportedly dishing details about a meeting at Trump tower - between a Russian surrogate and his son.
President Trump is also correct when he suggests that most political campaigns would have been as interested as his was in obtaining negative information about its opponent from a Russian willing to provide it.
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"The question is how would it be illegal?" When it became obvious that the focus of the meeting would not be on Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. quickly lost interest and the meeting ended soon thereafter.
"I was in the case, at that point, a couple of weeks", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week".
"I don't represent Don Jr., but I will tell you I - 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", Sekulow said.
President Donald Trump began his Sunday morning with media-bashing tweets so virulent - the "enemy of the people" are "very unsafe & sick!" and "can also cause War!" - that journalists and the Sunday morning Beltway programs immediately struck back.
Trump's attacks on the special counsel's investigation have been rebuffed by Republican leaders in Congress who have expressed support for Mueller. He said he was not aware of Trump Jr. facing any legal exposure. Perhaps the Trumps, as they claim, didn't take any help from the Kremlin to win the 2016 election - but as even the president now acknowledges, they definitely wanted it.
"I think there's plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight".