Trump tweets about secret Trump Tower meeting

Trump tweets about secret Trump Tower meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that his son met with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower to get information on his election opponent Hillary Clinton, saying it was "totally legal" and "done all the time in politics".

Donald Trump Jr. has previously admitted that the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting was called to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. Trump repeated his previous claims that he did not know in advance about the meeting.

Sekulow also on "This Week" supported the president's claim that there was nothing legally questionable about Trump Jr. having the June 2016 meeting with the Russians.

While originally Trump, a Republican, said the meeting was about adoptions, on Sunday he said on Twitter that it was about getting information on Clinton.

In other words, the goal of holding the meeting, from the Trump team's perspective, was to get negative information about Hillary Clinton. There have been no reports that information about Clinton was offered or exchanged.

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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.

"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.

"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.

The Trump Tower meeting also included Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort, who is on trial over tax and bank fraud charges after being indicted by Mueller.

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

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"The question is how would it be illegal?"

The biggest question has been whether or not Trump's lawyers should allow their client to be interviewed by Mueller's team under oath, given Trump's tendency to speak off the cuff and say things that are contradictory or untrue.

We have since learned that the elder Trump actually dictated that statement. The president told confidants that he doesn't believe that his son purposefully or knowingly broke any law, however he may have wandered into a legal mess.

One part of the inquiry has focussed on a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower in NY between Donald Jr., other campaign aides and a group of Russians. As an analysis by the University of Kentucky Election Law Society clearly explains, under us law, "any contribution by a foreign national to the campaign of an American candidate for any election, state or national, is illegal", and any campaign of a candidate who accepts foreign aid is committing a crime.

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

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Zeitz, an attorney who deposed Donald Trump in an eminent domain case in the 1990's, explained the president's disposition under oath in an interview with CNN's Randi Kaye that aired Sunday. Working with a foreign national with the intent of influencing a US election could violate multiple laws, according to legal experts. Mueller was appointed to take over the probe after the firing.

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