Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump admits son met Russian for rival's info

Trump admits son met Russian for rival's info

As he has in the past, Trump insisted in a tweet that he did not know at the time about the meeting between his son Donald Jr and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with links to the Kremlin.

Rudy Giuliani, the top lawyer on President Trump's legal team, said on Monday that they hope to send special counsel Robert Mueller a letter that would largely turn down a meeting that would include "any questions about obstruction".

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", Trump tweeted Sunday. They described the statement, which had not mentioned that the Russian lawyer was expected to bring damaging information about Clinton, as "short but accurate".

A day later, the paper reported that Trump Jr. was promised damaging information about Clinton at the meeting.

The president appeared to change his story in a Sunday tweet in which for the first time he confirmed that the Trump Tower meeting was supposed to produce dirt on Clinton.

Trump, his son, his lawyers and other administration officials have repeatedly said Trump did not know about the now infamous meeting, until news of it broke in July 2017.

And it is also an implicit acknowledgment that the initial statement Trump Jr. released - and that his father dictated - was brazenly misleading. "Trump Jr. appears to have knowledge of the foreign source and is asking to see it", Rick Hasen, a campaign finance law expert, wrote on his blog previous year.

Mirengoff explained that the Times is confusing the goal of the meeting - for Trump, getting the information about Clinton - with the focus of the meeting - "what the participants actually talked about".

It has always been assumed Special Counsel Robert Mueller will want the President to testify in the investigation, but he has not yet officially ben asked.

His comments come after the president dismissed news reports Sunday that he's anxious about legal trouble for his son related to the special counsel's investigation, and renewed his attacks on the media.

"In a change, Trump says meeting's objective was Clinton info". Sekulow said of Trump Jr.'s meeting. The veracity of which is challenged by campaign finance law that states it is illegal for a foreign national to "directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value". This was later retracted after details emerged about why Junior had agreed to meet with the Russians. Trump tweeted on Sunday. As noted above, receiving an in-kind donation from a foreigner is against federal law. However, Trump argued collusion is totally legal.

KEITH: It did not last very long because very quickly The New York Times had a story that said in fact the meeting was set up to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

When news of the meeting first surfaced past year, Trump Jr said in a statement that he and Veselnitskaya had mostly discussed a suspended programme for Americans to adopt Russian children., although he has since admitted that he knew he would be offered "dirt" on Clinton.

Sekulow said on Sunday his erroneous denial about Trump's involvement was a mistake based on "bad information". Dowd subsequently resigned from the Trump team.

He defended calling the media "The Enemy of the People", and said journalists "purposely cause great division & distrust" and can "cause War!" "They are very risky & sick!"

It's unclear whether Trump's latest admission will affect Mueller's probe in any way.

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