My son's meeting with Russian lawyer was legal

Adjust Comment Print

President Donald Trump admitted during an impassioned Twitter rant on Sunday that his son's controversial meeting with a Russian attorney during the 2016 campaign was, in fact, an attempt to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE".

President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to change his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation. She also posited that the president's claim on Twitter that he was not aware of the Trump Tower meeting could be inessential to Mueller's probe in the light of the "false" statement from previous year that claimed the meeting's goal was to discuss the adoption of Russian children.

We have since learned that the elder Trump actually dictated that statement.

Trump tweeted that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.

It was Trump's most direct acknowledgement that the motive for the June 2016 meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival for the presidency.

He claimed that "because of Tariffs we will be able to start paying down large amounts of the $21 Trillion in debt that has been accumulated, much by the Obama Administration, while at the same time reducing taxes for our people".

Heat wave in Europe will break all temperature records - the weatherman
Supermarket chain Morrisons has begun selling "wonky" flowers that have not developed properly because of the hot, dry weather. Thousands of Brits will be jetting off on their holidays this week with Spain and Portugal two very popular destinations.

However, legal experts say that Mr Trump Jr could fall foul of campaign finance laws, which prohibit accepting anything of value from a foreign government or foreign national.

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow nevertheless attempted to rationalize the 2016 meeting as legal in an interview Sunday on ABC's This Week.

The second issue here are the final words of the tweet.

CNN reported last month that Michael Cohen, the president's longtime personal lawyer and self-described "fixer" was willing to tell Mueller that Trump did know about the meeting in advance.

The Trump Tower meeting also included Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort, who is on trial over tax and bank fraud charges after being indicted by Mueller.

If you've got no real concern about legal exposure from the meeting, why distance yourself from it? Trump seems to be arguing against his own point by assuring us that he had nothing to do with this meeting, which - oh, by the way - was totally on the up-and-up. Perhaps the Trumps, as they claim, didn't take any help from the Kremlin to win the 2016 election - but as even the president now acknowledges, they definitely wanted it. And for the second time in less than a week, Trump tweeted something that suggested his intent wasn't terribly wholesome.

Comments