Trump Defends Son's Meeting With Russians as `Totally Legal'

Saul Bowman
August 6, 2018

One part of Mueller's inquiry and congressional investigations has focused on a meeting months before the November election in Trump Tower in NY between Russian officials, Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and other campaign aides.

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.

If special counsel Robert Mueller wants to know what it would be like to question Donald Trump for a deposition, he should look no further than Glenn Zeitz, who did it in the 1990s.

Ex-CIA director hits Trump Jr. for comparing DNC to Nazis MORE, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was "totally legal and done all the time in politics".

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.

Trump Jr claim to a senate committee that he never told his father about the meeting have been contradicted by others in Trump's circle, including Trump's lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who is believed to be co-operating with the investigation.

The Trump team has argued that Mr Trump Jr ultimately did not receive any damaging information about Mrs Clinton at the meeting.

In the latest barrage of tweets, Trump again sought to link Mueller's investigation with distrust of the media's reporting of it.

"I had bad information at the time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow said Sunday, noting that he had only been working for Trump a short time when he made the misstatement past year. In fact, as Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall has reported, Trump came up with the false "adoptions" story just hours after a lengthy private discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Germany.

He reiterated that he had no prior knowledge of the 20-minute meeting when it happened, adding that "it went nowhere".


Sekulow ― whose career has made him an expert on school voucher and religious freedom cases, not criminal law - claimed that meeting with Russians tied to their country's government with the goal of getting assistance to win a USA election was not illegal.

And if you're Robert Mueller and you're looking at whether Trump obstructed justice, you've now got even more evidence of a clear attempt to mislead the public and obscure the truth.

The lawyer told Stephanopoulos that discussions over whether the president should sit for an interview with Mueller are "ongoing".

'I think our decisions will get made in the next week to 10 days, ' Giuliani told Politico on Friday.

"I had bad information at that time", the lawyer said.

"I was in the case at that point, what, a couple of weeks?", Sekulow said today. "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

"It doesn't mean illegality, it doesn't mean criminality", he said. "They can also cause War!"

Trump called the Post report "a complete fabrication".

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe.

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