Donald Trump defends Donald Trump Jr. Trump Tower meeting

Posted August 06, 2018

Sunday, he negated all of that by admitting that his campaign had tried to collude with Russian Federation to win the presidency, after all.

Trump launched today's battle by tweeting, "The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE".

Trump tweeted Sunday that recent reports suggesting the president is concerned about his son Donald Trump Jr.'s legal fate were a "complete fabrication", before offering a new interpretation of his son's June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The Trump Tower meeting was arranged by British music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who told Donald Jr that he had "information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

President Donald Trump singles out the media during his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Emails arranging the meeting showed that Rob Goldstone, a former music publicist with ties to both Trump and Moscow, told Trump Jr. he had "official documents and information that would implicate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father", which was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". In the Twitter message, Trump claims that the meeting was "totally legal" and is "done all the time in politics".

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"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.

"The question is how would it be illegal?"

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". Nobody's pointed to one, ' he said.

In reality, numerous criminal lawyers have pointed out that colluding with a foreign power to win an election or even attempting to do so may constitute conspiracy against the United States.

Donald Trump rounded on a report on Sunday that he is anxious about son Donald Trump Jr's exposure to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia-collusion investigation.

He described the answers as "nonresponsive", where Trump would "add things on" or "make self-serving statements" that didn't make any sense within the context of the question. There have been no reports that information about Clinton was offered or exchanged.

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Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday he believes the president is so busy worrying about allegations of conspiracy and collusion against the Trump campaign that he refuses to concede that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election at all. Russian officials were under USA sanctions at the time. USA intelligence made that assessment public in an October 7 statement.

This is something Trump has said regularly about the Trump Tower meeting, and something he has re-upped now that Michael Cohen is reportedly telling people that Trump did know about it. However, he said only Mueller can determine whether the evidence rises to the level of criminal activity that is "beyond a reasonable doubt".

Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey a few months after taking office.

Much has been said and written about the possibility that President Donald Trump could testify under oath in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe.

Email released by Donald Jr. himself showed he had been keen on the meeting because his father's campaign was being offered potentially damaging information on Clinton.

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