Trump acknowledges, defends 2016 meeting between son, Kremlin-aligned lawyer

Trump acknowledges, defends 2016 meeting between son, Kremlin-aligned lawyer

Trump acknowledges, defends 2016 meeting between son, Kremlin-aligned lawyer

In a post to his Twitter feed early Sunday morning, Trump admitted for the first time that the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting involving his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a group of Russians including a Kremlin-linked lawyer, was meant to receive opposition research on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump made a startling admission in a Twitter message early Sunday morning, acknowledging the true objective of his son's June 2016 meeting with Russian agents.

"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere", Trump said on Twitter. "I did not know about it!"

WASHINGTON ― Forty times President Donald Trump has posted statements on Twitter asserting "NO COLLUSION" with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Trump campaign officials sat down in June 2016 with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who promised dirt campaign rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump has denied knowing about the meeting before it happened.

ABC's George Stephanopoulos this morning called out his This Week guest, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, for claiming a year ago on the show that Trump wasn't involved in the Trump Tower meeting at all.

Manafort is now on trial for unrelated bank and tax fraud charges as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and Sekulow said that to his knowledge, Trump Jr.is not the target of a federal probe stemming from the meeting.

Legal experts have often pointed to a possible violation of federal election laws, which ban taking anything of value - which could include information on a political opponent - from a foreign government trying to influence a USA election.

The misdirection came amid a series of searing tweets sent from his New Jersey golf club, in which he tore into two of his favorite targets, the news media and Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible links between the president's campaign and Russian Federation.

In an interview with CNN, the lawyer warned that the president could let his emotions get the best of him, slowly bubbling up until it explodes.

"I made a mistake in my statement", he said.

Trump's team is trying to limit the scope of questions Mueller's team can ask of the president.

"I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told he is the target of any investigation and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel", Mr. Sekulow said Sunday.

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. "I had a lot of information to process".

So I think it's very important to point out that in a situation like this, you have over time facts develop.

Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed the investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election.

But legal experts have pointed out several possible criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States and aiding and abetting a conspiracy.

Also, if any Americans aided in disseminating the Russian hacked data, then they could be roped in as co-conspirators in Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers (GRU) for hacking the DNC, DCCC, and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign during the 2016 election and leaking through DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0.

The Post reported a few weeks later that Trump Jr.'s initial misleading statement had been "dictated" by Trump.

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