"Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower", Trump tweeted".
"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 concluded by further distancing himself from the meeting his son arranged, writing: "I did not know about it!"
The meeting was attended by the president's son as well as Paul Manafort, then chairman of Trump's presidential campaign; Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and several Russians, including the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and their representatives. In that statement, Trump Jr. had indicated that the meeting had been "primarily" about the issue of the adoption of Russian children by Americans.
The declaration that the meeting was indeed to get information on Clinton does open the door to this meeting being an attempt by Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the election, and in spite of Trump's claim that it was legal, still opens the possibility of crimes having been committed. Trump Jr. has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember if he told his father about the meeting.
Trump's lawyers have since acknowledged in a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that the president "dictated a short but accurate response" to initial reports of the meeting, appearing to contradict the White House's previous claims that the president had nothing to do with the June 8, 2017, explanation for the meeting.More news: China won't accept U.S. trade 'blackmail': state media
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"I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the President", Sekulow said on July 12, 2017.
He reiterated that he had no prior knowledge of the 20-minute meeting when it happened, adding that "it went nowhere".
At the OH rally, Trump reheated his regular attack against the ongoing investigation into his 2016 campaign's collusion with Russian Federation as "a Democrat-inspired witch hunt!"
And Sekulow said "the inclination is not at this point" to have a sit down. He said he was not aware of Trump Jr. facing any legal exposure.
WASHINGTON ― Forty times President Donald Trump has posted statements on Twitter asserting "NO COLLUSION" with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. Paul Manafort, who ran Trump's campaign at a crucial time leading into the Republican National Convention, is now on trial on charges concerning his previous business activities that grew out of Mueller's probe.
But what captured the attention of Trump-watchers on the social media platform Twitter was not Trump's own comments about Russia, but a photograph of two Trump supporters, middle-aged men, one sporting a trademark red "Make America Great Again" cap - and both clad in T-shirts bearing an unusual slogan: "I'd rather be a Russian than a Democrat". Sekulow said. "The question is, what law, statute or rule or regulation has been violated?"
Trump, who is on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, began Sunday with a series of searing tweets. 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.