Donald Trump defends Donald Trump Jr. Trump Tower meeting

Leroy Wright
August 7, 2018

Donald Trump has admitted his son met a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, but insisted it was "totally legal".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating USA intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the election in Mr Trump's favour.

While Trump has claimed since taking office that "no collusion" occurred between his campaign and Russia and that Mueller was conducting a "witch hunt", Trump's acceptance of Russian help has been out in the open since the final month of the 2016 campaign.

President Donald Trump began his Sunday morning with a string of tweets attacking special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and the news media, and asserting - with some shaky economics - that his trade war has been successful.

He concludes the tweet by saying, "I did not know about it!"

It was later reported that was false and the president was involved in constructing his son's misleading statement.

"Well, the question is, 'How would it be illegal?'" Sekulow said of the meeting.

He said: "You have to look at what laws, rules, regulations, statutes are purportedly violated here. No one has pointed to one". When the story of the meeting broke wide open in July of previous year, Trump Jr. quickly issued a statement - which was dictated by his father - that the meeting had been about Russian adoption.

Young Trump responded "I love it" when first offered the "dirt" on Clinton, the Democratic nominee. He also released the email exchange that brought about the meeting.

"Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Trump called the Post report "a complete fabrication".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations by USA intelligence agencies that his government meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt that should be shut down.

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

Trump's tweet came in response to a widely covered report in the mainstream media over the weekend.

President Trump himself seemed to shrug it off, saying in July 2017 that, "from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting".

"I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow said.

In addition, If Trump is subpoenaed by a special counsel investigating contacts between the 2016 Trump election campaign and Russian Federation, his lawyers will attempt to quash it in court, one of Trump's lawyers said on Sunday.

One of the names at the center of the Trump/Russia scandal, which continues to pop up, is the President's eldest son Donald Trump Jr.

His comments were part of a broader Twitter rant Sunday, which also included a tweet falsely claiming the press "purposely cause great division & distrust". Trump wrote. "They are very risky & sick!"

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