Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Donald Trump defends Donald Trump Jr. Trump Tower meeting

Donald Trump defends Donald Trump Jr. Trump Tower meeting

President Trump has admitted for the first time that the objective of his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer before the 2016 elections was to gather information about his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump launched today's battle by tweeting, "The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE".

It's "absurd" for special counsel Robert Mueller to reportedly examine President Donald Trump's tweets for evidence of obstruction of justice, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow insisted Sunday. While originally Trump, a Republican, said the meeting was about adoptions, on Sunday he said on Twitter that it was about getting information on his election opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Emails eventually showed that Trump Jr. had actually anticipated receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russians during the meeting, a fact he'd failed to disclose at first.

Amid public uproar over the meeting, the president's son was forced to release follow-up statements, ultimately acknowledging that the meeting's true objective had been to get dirt about Hillary Clinton from a lawyer he had been told was working for the Russian government.

Stephanopoulos played a clip from July 2017 in which Sekulow denied any involvement from the president. In fact, as Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall has reported, Trump came up with the false "adoptions" story just hours after a lengthy private discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Germany.

Trump has denied he had any prior knowledge of the meeting and repeated that claim on Sunday. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. At the time, Trump and his White House had falsely claimed that he had only offered his input into the crafting of the statement.

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Russian Federation has denied allegations by USA intelligence agencies that it meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt. "If you approach him the normal way he will pick up the scent and understand that he has to be careful about what he says because he is no dummy".

Trump earlier in the day tweeted that the Trump Tower meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Jr. said later he realised the meeting was primarily aimed at lobbying against the 2012 Magnitsky sanctions law, which led to Moscow denying Americans the right to adopt Russian orphans.

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe.

The federal tax and bank fraud charges Manafort faces are not related to the Trump campaign but Manafort's close relations with Russians and a Kremlin-backed Ukrainian politician are under scrutiny in the trial.

But here's the thing: This is a tweet about how the Trump Tower meeting was totally fine - nothing illegal to see here. "They can also cause War!"

In December, Donald Junior told House Intelligence Committee members that he had been in touch with Hope Hicks, who was on Air Force One with the president at the time, and she advised him on the statement. Trump's lawyers acknowledged in a letter to Mueller's team in January 2018 that Trump dictated the response, according to the Times.

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