Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump tweets about secret Trump Tower meeting

Trump tweets about secret Trump Tower meeting

President Trump publicly acknowledged on Sunday that his son, Donald Trump Jr., had met with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign in order to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

He continued: "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere".

Trump and his son have both said then-candidate Trump had no advance knowledge of the meeting and that the meeting itself was not useful to the campaign.

Trump campaign officials sat down in June 2016 with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who promised dirt campaign rival Hillary Clinton. Instead Veselnitskaya discussed sanctions placed on Russian Federation under the Magnitsky Act, which affected her clients.

A statement released in July 2017 reportedly penned by Donald Trump Jr. was later revealed to have been dictated by his father, leading to further investigation of the meeting, and opening up further questions in impropriety on behalf of the Trump campaign and Donald Trump himself.

But legal experts have pointed out several possible criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States and aiding and abetting a conspiracy. Russian officials were under US sanctions at the time.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating USA intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the election in Mr Trump's favour. And despite Trump's public Twitter denial, the president has expressed worry that his son may face legal exposure even as he believes he did nothing wrong, according to three people close to the White House familiar with the president's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

He said that Trump's legal team is inclined "at this point" to advise Trump not to agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

"I was in the case at that time, what, a couple of weeks and there was a lot of information that was gathering, and as my colleague Rudy Giuliani said, I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday's broadcast of This Week.

Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed the investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election. "Did I meet with people that were Russian?" Mueller was appointed to take over the probe after the firing. Paul Manafort, who ran Trump's campaign at a crucial time leading into the Republican National Convention, is now on trial on charges concerning his previous business activities that grew out of Mueller's probe.

His comments were part of a broader Twitter rant Sunday, which also included a tweet falsely claiming the press "purposely cause great division & distrust".

Former New Jersey Governor and Trump ally Chris Christie, meanwhile, offered a more tempered defense of the president's tweeting Sunday on ABC. Trump wrote. "They are very risky & sick!"

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