Trump insists Trump Tower meeting 'totally legal'

  • Trump insists Trump Tower meeting 'totally legal'

Trump insists Trump Tower meeting 'totally legal'

"Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent", Trump wrote on Twitter.

President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if special counsel Robert Mueller's team tries to subpoena the president as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

Here's how the accounts about the infamous meeting have evolved.

But 13 months ago, the president gave a far different explanation for the meeting, saying it was about the adoption of Russian children.

Donald Jr said in July 2017 that the meeting had been about United States adoptions of Russian children, a statement apparently dictated by his father. The statement soon proved to be incomplete.

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", Trump tweeted from his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey.

"Now we know it was primarily about Russian adoption", Colbert joked, "in the same way that "Silence of the Lambs" is primarily about lambs". Instead Veselnitskaya discussed sanctions placed on Russian Federation under the Magnitsky Act, which affected her clients. Opposition research could be counted by investigators as a "thing of value", experts have said.

The president claimed it did not last long and "nothing came of the meeting".

Trump has stepped up his public attacks on the Mueller probe since the first trial to arise from it began last week in Alexandria, Virginia, involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

It was later reported that was false and the president was involved in constructing his son's misleading statement.

The president's attorneys at first denied Trump's involvement in drafting the response to the Times, but months later, in a letter meant to explain why Mueller should not interview Trump, they agreed that the president had, in fact, been the author of the statement.

"The president didn't sign off on anything", Sekulow told ABC. "You then misled the country about the goal of the Trump Tower meeting when it became public". White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later said that Trump had "weighed in" on the statement. Dowd subsequently resigned from the Trump team. "That is what Bob Mueller is looking at - not so much for the president - but for his son and others". The Times published a copy of that letter in June.

Trump campaign officials sat down in June 2016 with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who promised dirt campaign rival Hillary Clinton.

"We have to make a decision based on the law and what's best for our client", said Sekulow, adding that it will take time to make that determination.

From there, the case would end up bouncing around the courts, Sekulow said.

Trump did not know about the meeting.


The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump has been brooding in private about whether his son unintentionally put himself in legal jeopardy by meeting with Veselnitskaya. Now you say you didn't know in advance.

Trump Jr.'s testimony to Congress contained a similar defense as his father's Sunday tweet, indicating that he saw no reason not to accept a meeting that could yield important information about Clinton, even though he was told that it was part of an effort by the government of a hostile power.

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.

On Sunday, Trump completely contradicted past accounts of the meeting.