Trump says son sought intel on Clinton from Russians

Trump says son sought intel on Clinton from Russians

Trump says son sought intel on Clinton from Russians

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. Well, well, would you look at that: the patented "how dare this Fox moron accuse me of smoking something other than premium cigars" tweet.

Trump's eldest son confirmed the meeting in June 2016, but claimed the lawyer provided no useful information and eventually turned the subject toward policies on Russian adoption that had been curtailed in response to US sanctions. Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner expected to get dirt (and would have "loved" to, as Trump Jr. said) but instead the Russians talked about other matters - sanctions and adoptions.

At the time, Mr Trump offered a similar comment to the one he made on Sunday, dismissing the meeting with the Russian lawyer promising dirt on his political opponent as no big deal.

He later admitted he accepted the meeting with Ms Veselnitskaya in hopes of obtaining damaging information on Mrs Clinton, but said nothing came of it. Trump Jr. has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember if he told his father about the meeting.

The meeting took place in Trump tower in NY, and the president originally claimed it concerned the issue of worldwide adoptions.

And in January, the Trump legal team revealed in a letter to the Special Counsel that it was President Trump himself who dictated the explanation about adoptions which contradicted previous Trump team statements about the President's involvement.

Trump might as well have just confirmed The Post's report that he is anxious about what the meeting portends for his son.

Trump, however, has maintained he had no prior knowledge about the meeting.


Donald Trump Jr's phone line disconnected on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's show on Monday just as she was asking him about his Trump Tower meeting with Russians.

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is continuing to stall on giving special counsel Robert Mueller's team any clear answers on whether the President will sit for questioning in Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to the Washington Post.

The New York Times reported last month that Mueller has been reviewing Trump's tweets as part of his probe into whether the President obstructed justice. Jay Sekulow asked on ABC News' "This Week," suggesting that there are no laws prohibiting campaign operatives from meeting and working with foreign agents. "It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent", Trump said. Mr Sekulow said on Sunday.

It is, however, against the law for United States campaigns to receive donations or items of value from foreigners.

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.

Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers, would not characterize the response. Dowd subsequently resigned from the Trump team.

He defended calling the media "The Enemy of the People", and said journalists "purposely cause great division and distrust" and can "cause War!" But also, they didn't give us anything good, and we didn't act on it.

It's unclear whether Trump's latest admission will affect Mueller's probe in any way. Trump wrote. "They are very unsafe & sick!"

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