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In a change, Trump says meeting's purpose was Clinton info

In a change, Trump says meeting's purpose was Clinton info

One part of Mueller's inquiry and congressional investigations has focused on a meeting months before the November election in Trump Tower in NY between Russian officials, Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and other campaign aides.

The president has denied knowledge of the meeting at his Trump Tower campaign headquarters in NY in the face of news accounts saying his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that he heard Trump's son tell his father in advance about the meeting. He also said the meeting was "totally legal" and he did not know about it. Weija Jiang reports. As we now know, Trump Jr. later acknowledged that it clearly wasn't just about adoption.

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. When the story of the meeting broke wide open in July of past year, Trump Jr. quickly issued a statement - which was dictated by his father - that the meeting had been about Russian adoption.

Trump's critics immediately pounced on the new story, the latest of several versions of events about a meeting for which emails were discovered between the president's eldest son and an intermediary from the Russian government offering damaging information about Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Reports on Saturday indicated Trump was getting concerned that his son, Donald Trump Jr, could become entangled in Mueller's investigation.

Sekulow said. "The question is, what law, statute or rule or regulation has been violated?"

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.

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Any possible crime, they said, would be a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russians to break laws regulating elections. I understand those two meetings that you just set out there, but that doesn't explain why you're saying he wasn't there.

This was initially denied by Mr Trump's team, but his lawyers later confirmed that he had in fact dictated his son's statement.

Manafort is now on trial for unrelated bank and tax fraud charges as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and Sekulow said that to his knowledge, Trump Jr.is not the target of a federal probe stemming from the meeting.

Sekulow ― whose career has made him an expert on school voucher and religious freedom cases, not criminal law - claimed that meeting with Russians tied to their country's government with the goal of getting assistance to win a USA election was not illegal.

Trump Jr. had also previously claimed that he had never participated in any such meeting at all.

The misdirection came amid a series of searing tweets sent from his New Jersey golf club, in which he tore into two of his favorite targets, the news media and Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible links between the president's campaign and Russian Federation.

As the investigation moves along, it will be interesting to note what reaction the president may have, if in fact it appears that Don Jr. may be a target or a subject of the Mueller Probe. "And so the ability for his attorneys to be able to make the arguments they need to make on his behalf, as I've told him for a long time, is what he should permit them to do". As an analysis by the University of Kentucky Election Law Society clearly explains, under USA law, "any contribution by a foreign national to the campaign of an American candidate for any election, state or national, is illegal", and any campaign of a candidate who accepts foreign aid is committing a crime. "I had bad information at that point". At that point, he said, Trump's attorneys would raise what Trump has alleged are Mueller's "conflicts of interest". "They can also cause War!"

US President Donald Trump has yet again tweeted about his personal legal issues in a way he perhaps shouldn't have. Mueller was appointed to take over the probe after the firing.