Trump attacks report that he’s anxious about son’s exposure to Mueller inquiry

07 August, 2018, 12:42 | Author: Jason Torres
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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.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Fox News Sunday that he believes if special counsel Robert Mueller actually had any incriminating evidence on President Donald Trump or his campaign colluding with Russians to interfere in the 2016 presidential election that "it would have been leaked by now". Trump claimed that the meeting was "totally legal and done all the time in politics", adding that he had no knowledge about it at the time. Trump Jr.'s admission contradicted his father's February 2017 statement that "nobody that I know of" had any contacts with foreign entities during the election and previous similar statements from his campaign.

President Donald Trump has for the first time acknowledged that a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower was the latter.

If U.S. President Donald Trump is subpoenaed by a special counsel investigating contacts between the 2016 Trump election campaign and Russian Federation, his lawyers will attempt to quash it in court, one of Trump's lawyers said on Sunday.

"Most important, Trump confirmed that the meeting with Russians was created to obtain something valuable - previously undisclosed dirt on Hillary Clinton".

The younger Trump said "I love it" when offered the "dirt" on Mrs Clinton.

Any legal battle over whether the president can be compelled to testify could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said on ABC's "This Week" show.

Sekulow also noted on Sunday that he himself had given a misleading statement a year ago when, on "This Week" and in other media appearances, he said Trump had nothing to do with the misleading statement given to the New York Times.

Previously, the Trumps pushed another explanation for the meeting, after having failed to disclosed it and denied anything of the sort had ever happened in the first place.

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Political campaigns routinely pursue opposition research on their opponents, but not with foreign representatives from a country viewed as an adversary.

On Sunday, US media including the Washington Post, CNN and AP reported that Mr Trump was anxious Donald Trump Jr could be in legal trouble because of the 9 June 2016 meeting with Ms Veselnitskaya.

Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Trump was allegedly anxious about his son getting wrapped up in Robert Mueller's investigation as a result of the Trump Tower meeting.

According to Rubin, Trump's acknowledgment of the objective of the 2016 meeting was worse than his previous remarks to Lester Holt, where he told the NBC anchor that he fired FBI Director James Comey because he was thinking about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 elections.

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

They later reversed course in a memo to Mueller and said Trump was indeed behind the statement that omitted the prospect of collecting dirt on Clinton.

"Well the president, as we know, is not an attorney", Christie said Sunday. "They are very risky & sick!"

Trump called the reporting a "complete fabrication".

Mr Trump's lawyers argue that the meeting, in and of itself, violated no laws.

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