Trump would fight any U.S. special counsel subpoena in court: president's lawyer
Aug 07 2018
And Trump once again defended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer saying it was "totally legal" and that he didn't know about it.
Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were known to have attended the meeting with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.
"I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", he said on ABC's "This Week" program, before continuing attacks on the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in US politics, a strategy Trump personally began from the time he took office.
He concludes the tweet by saying, "I did not know about it!"
Trump's tweet was a "pretty remarkable shifting of explanations about this meeting", Stephanopoulos pointed out.
Lawyers described the statement as "short but accurate", according to The Post.
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.
United States 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.
Trump, however, has maintained he had no prior knowledge about the meeting.
When news of the meeting first surfaced a year ago, Trump Jr said in a statement that he and Veselnitskaya had mostly discussed a suspended programme for Americans to adopt Russian children., although he has since admitted that he knew he would be offered "dirt" on Clinton.
The meeting is of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The Republican president had previously said the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children by Americans.
We know that it would absolutely shock you if we said that people in the White House aren't always on board with the President Trump's use of his Twitter account.
"I had bad information at that time", the lawyer said.
Sekulow also downplayed comments made by the president's other attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently said that collusion is not a crime, calling them "rather unremarkable". He said he was not aware of Trump Jr. facing any legal exposure.
The president's lawyers argue that the meeting, in and of itself, violated no laws.
"I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the President", Sekulow said on July 12, 2017. And at a trio of rallies, he escalated his already vitriolic rhetoric toward the media, savaging the press for unflattering coverage and, he feels, bias.
"They're talking about this blue wave", Trump said referring to way Democrats are depicted on electoral maps.