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

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

Sunday's tweet was Trump's clearest statement yet on the objective 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.

President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday the infamous Trump Tower meeting that included his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner was about obtaining information on Hillary Clinton, not adoption like he previously claimed.

"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.

"Well, the question is, how would it be illegal?"

At the time, Donald Trump Jr issued a statement explaining that he and the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya (pictured), had "primarily discussed a programme about the adoption of Russian children".

The Trump administration maintains they believed the goal of the meeting was to get intelligence on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, however, they have since described the meeting as a "waste of time".

The Trump Tower meeting was arranged by British music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who told Donald Jr that he had "information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father". "I had bad information at that point". Now you say you didn't know in advance.

"I was in the case at that point, what, a couple of weeks?", Sekulow said today.

He added that just because he got it wrong, it doesn't mean there was wrongdoing.

Trump has stepped up his public attacks on the Mueller probe since the first trial to arise from it began last week in Alexandria, Virginia, involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Sekulow said those include a 2011 "business dispute" between Mueller and the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., over club fees. Russian officials were under US sanctions at the time.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in the midst of a working vacation, unleashed a new barrage of attacks on the national news media Sunday, saying it was "very risky & sick!" "Now, that's a different statement than saying that there's proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal conspiracy", Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking member Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" show on Sunday.

Article II establishes the president's control of the executive branch. "But, instead, the exact opposite message is being sent and that is: As long as the Russians interfere on Donald Trump's side in the midterms, (Russian President) Vladimir Putin can count on the president to never call him out". Donald Trump Jr.'s own emails and congressional testimony revealed that he was very eager about the prospect of receiving dirt on Hillary Clinton, but his initial story about the meeting was very different.

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

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