Trump acknowledges, defends 2016 meeting between son, Kremlin-aligned lawyer


"Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower", the president wrote in one of several early morning tweets Sunday, many of which took aim at the media.

The president also said in his tweet Sunday that the Trump Tower meeting was "to get information on an opponent", which is a departure from the initial statement that asserted that the primary goal of the meeting was to discuss the issue of adoptions. "I did not know about it", said Trump on Twitter.

The first is that Trump appears to have broken some new ground here when it comes to admitting the true goal of the Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-aligned lawyer - and even further contradicted the initial statement he helped draft about it. In that statement, Trump Jr. had indicated that the meeting had been "primarily" about the issue of the adoption of Russian children by Americans.

In a post on Twitter, Trump also denied reports in the Washington Post and CNN that he was concerned his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., could be in legal trouble because of the meeting with the Russians, including a lawyer with Kremlin ties.

President Trump himself seemed to shrug it off, saying in July 2017 that, "from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting".

While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller could bring conspiracy charges if he finds that any campaign member worked with Russian Federation to break USA law.

But at the same time, he still suggested that the meeting was, in large part, about adoption.

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Sekulow added that he has "no knowledge" of whether federal investigators are probing one of the attendees of the meeting, Donald Trump Jr., even as critics charge that the secretive discussion might have run afoul of campaign finance law. The surprising claim in Trump's tweet is that it is legal for a campaign to get information from a foreign entity about a political opponent.

'I don't represent Don Jr., but I will tell you I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told that he's a target of any investigation, and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel, ' he said.

"I was in the case at that time, what, a couple of weeks and there was a lot of information that was gathering, and as my colleague Rudy Giuliani said, I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday's broadcast of This Week.

Why is the Trump Tower meeting controversial?

U.S. commentators have argued that Mr Trump's new admission that the meeting was to gain information about Mrs Clinton shows that the earlier statement was misleading.

If you've got no real concern about legal exposure from the meeting, why distance yourself from it? Sekulow said. "The question is, what law, statute or rule or regulation has been violated?"

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.