Trump insists Trump Tower meeting 'totally legal'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 07, 2018,
Aug 07, 2018, 0:58
In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
President Donald Trump admitted during an impassioned Twitter rant on Sunday that his son's controversial meeting with a Russian attorney during the 2016 campaign was, in fact, an attempt to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton. "I did not know about it!" the President tweeted.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted an apparent response to stories by CNN and The Washington Post that said he is anxious about Donald Trump Jr.'s legal exposure following the infamous 2016 meeting. Trump's legal team defended the statement as "short but accurate" in a letter sent to Mueller in January, as quoted in the New York Times.
But here's the thing: This is a tweet about how the Trump Tower meeting was totally fine - nothing illegal to see here. Trump repeated his previous claims that he did not know in advance about the meeting. She also posited that the president's claim on Twitter that he was not aware of the Trump Tower meeting could be inessential to Mueller's probe in the light of the "false" statement from past year that claimed the meeting's objective was to discuss the adoption of Russian children.
He also said President Trump is pushing a "muddled message" on the issue of Russian interference and collusion, saying, "The president can't distinguish between any allegations of conspiracy against his campaign and the broader problem of Russia continued to interfere in our elections".
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.
Later, Donald Jr said he had accepted the meeting hoping to get dirt on Mrs Clinton but he said nothing came of it. Sekulow added that he has "no knowledge" of the president's son testifying to the special counsel's grand jury or being told that he is a "target", which is an official designation the Justice Department would use to tell someone that they are likely to be indicted.
The Republican president had previously said the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children by Americans.
"So when you look at a meeting - when you look at a meeting, George, that took place in - a - a year before the (ph) - now two years ago, the question is what law, statute or rule or regulation's been violated?"
In one tweet, he declared the media the "Enemy of the People" and accused outlets of sowing division and distrust. "They are very unsafe & sick!" he posted on Twitter.
In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe.