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Trump says his son sought information on Clinton from Russians in 2016

Trump fears his son may have inadvertently gotten into legal trouble report Getty images
Charlie Simmons | 07 August, 2018, 12:42

President Donald Trump said Sunday the infamous Trump Tower meeting was about obtaining information on his 2016 presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

On July 27, Trump said on Twitter that "I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr", in response to reports that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was ready to tell authorities that Trump had known. "I did not know about it!"

Until now Mr Trump had claimed that Donald Jr met Natalia Veselnitskaya and other Kremlin lobbyists at Trump Tower in June 2016 to discuss adoptions.

It is not the first time the president acknowledged the existence of the meeting using this line of defense, but it is the president's most blunt admission that the goal was to obtain damaging information against his then opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election.

Trump admits the Trump Tower meeting was to get dirt on Clinton.

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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" show.

The Post had reported that the statement to The Times was dictated by the president, though at the time Trump's lawyers denied his involvement. The meeting - set up by an intermediary Rob Goldstone, a music publicist - was also attended by Trump's then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who now serves as a White House senior adviser.

The Trump Tower meeting is problematic because it's illegal for candidates and their campaigns to accept or solicit anything of value from a foreign national.

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Trump's admission through Twitter on Sunday about the goal behind the 2016 Trump Tower meeting was the latest step in the long-evolving story from Trump, Trump Jr. and the President's legal team.

Trump then particularly went after recent reporting about Robert Mueller's probe into possible links between his campaign and Russian officials, particularly stories on how he may be concerned about his eldest son's legal exposure. She referred to the president as a "lawyer's client from hell", adding that he is someone who is incapable of telling the truth and doesn't have enough self-control to prevent himself from saying potentially incriminating things.

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

But here's the thing: This is a tweet about how the Trump Tower meeting was totally fine - nothing illegal to see here.

Last night various USA outlets, including the Washington Post, CNN and AP, reported that Trump was anxious his son could be in legal trouble over the meeting.

"Well the president, as we know, is not an attorney", Christie said Sunday. "They can also cause War!" Giuliani said that "obstruction by tweet is not something that I think works real well". "They are very unsafe & sick!"

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe. But on Sunday, he essentially admitted, finally, that his son had indeed taken a meeting with a Kremlin-linked official in the hopes of colluding with the Russian government.

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