Trump Defends Son's Meeting With Russians as `Totally Legal'

  • Trump Defends Son's Meeting With Russians as `Totally Legal'

Trump Defends Son's Meeting With Russians as `Totally Legal'

But Tapper and other Sunday pundits also noted that Trump's morning "enemy of the people" rants also acknowledged that the Trump Tower meeting attended by, among others, his son and a Russian government lawyer was created to get information on Hillary Clinton.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign members coordinated with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election in the Republican's favour.

He has called the ongoing investigations in the U.S. "the greatest political witch hunt in history".

"I don't represent Don Jr., but I will tell you I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told that he's a target of any investigation, and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel", Sekulow said Sunday.

Sekulow added that he has "no knowledge" of whether federal investigators are probing one of the attendees of the meeting, Donald Trump Jr., even as critics charge that the secretive discussion might have run afoul of campaign finance law. They cited multiple unnamed sources.

Attorney Jay Sekulow was confronted with a clip of his previous statements on the meeting where he said it was to discuss Russian orphans, before being asked about Trump's tweet Sunday morning admitting the meet-up was to get information about his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

He concluded by further distancing himself from the meeting his son arranged, writing: "I did not know about it!"

Why does his tweet matter?

Trump called the reporting a "complete fabrication".

Sekulow acknowledged that the public explanation for the meeting has changed but insisted that the White House has been very clear with the special counsel's office.

Donald Jr initially said in a statement to The New York Times that the meeting was "primarily" about American adoptions of Russian children.

According to the Washington Post, a Trump adviser said the president does not think his son broke the law on goal but fears he inadvertently may have wandered into legal jeopardy'. Others have said the meeting could provide clues to a broader conspiracy by Trump officials with Russians.

The infamous meeting was thrust back into the spotlight last month after Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, alleged Trump approved the meeting.

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

His apparently enthusiastic response to the offer of information about Mrs Clinton could also breach conspiracy laws.

Trump's admission that his son's 2016 Russian meeting was to get information on Clinton runs counter to the narrative he has previously pushed about the meeting. The events he is focusing on include the president's firing of FBI director James Comey and Trump's tweets, specifically the ones that have called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the investigation.

'The question is what law, statute or rule or regulation's been violated? "Nobody's pointed to one", Mr Sekulow told ABC News.