My son's meeting with Russian lawyer was legal

My son's meeting with Russian lawyer was legal

My son's meeting with Russian lawyer was legal

President Donald Trump said Sunday the infamous Trump Tower meeting was about obtaining information on his 2016 presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The US President has been facing growing pressure over the meeting between Donald Trump Jr and Kremlin-linked Natalia Veselnitskaya, which took place at Trump Tower in NY in June 2016.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with a Russian effort to influence the election.

Trump's days of private anger spilled out into public with the Twitter outburst, which comes at a perilous time for the president.

He has called the ongoing investigations in the U.S. "the greatest political witch hunt in history".

"If it's what you say I love it", Trump Jr. responded. He made the claim standing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month, and then a day later during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. They cited multiple unnamed sources.

In an angry tweet yesterday morning, however, he attacked the "Fake News" media reports that he was concerned about his son's role.

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

Why does his tweet matter?

Sunday's tweet was Trump's clearest statement yet on the goal of the meeting, which has become a focal point of Mueller's investigation even as the president and his lawyers try to downplay its significance and pummel the Mueller probe with attacks.

When the meeting was first reported by the New York Times, Donald Trump Jr said in a statement that he and Ms Veselnitskaya had mostly discussed a suspended programme for Americans to adopt Russian children.

It was not clear where Mr Trump's theories are from but the idea of tree-clearing for fire prevention may have come from interior secretary Ryan Zinke, who advocated the idea in September.

Why is the Trump Tower meeting controversial?

The federal tax and bank fraud charges Manafort faces are not related to the Trump campaign but Manafort's close relations with Russians and a Kremlin-backed Ukrainian politician are under scrutiny in the trial.

"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.

His apparently enthusiastic response to the offer of information about Mrs Clinton could also breach conspiracy laws.

Trump's critics immediately pounced on the new story, the latest of several versions of events about a meeting for which emails were discovered between the president's eldest son and an intermediary from the Russian government offering damaging information about Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

"I make this joke that ... no matter what the legal team recommends, if we recommend that the president were to give the interview, which I think the inclination is not at this point ... you're going to get 12 lawyers on there saying I can't believe that Sekulow and Giuliani and all the other lawyers allowed the president to do it", Sekulow said.

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