My son's meeting with Russian lawyer was legal

Donald Trump's friendliness with Russia's President Vladimir Putin has mystified Western observers

Donald Trump's friendliness with Russia's President Vladimir Putin has mystified Western observers

On Monday, ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams warned that Trump's tweet could preview legal trouble for Junior.

He repeated that he had not known about the meeting in advance.

Calling the reported concerns a "complete fabrication", the President acknowledged that the meeting was accepted on the premise that Trump Jr. would get dirt on Hillary Clinton. "I did not know about it!" the President tweeted. At various times, they defended the meeting by claiming it was exclusively about global adoption, said that they were doing standard opposition research, and even argued that they didn't get anything out of it so how can it be illegal?

She suggested, however, that Trump's supporters in the Republican Party just might choose to defend him if it is proven that his campaign did indeed collude with Russian officials ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

There appears to be less concern among associates about other recent Trump tweets in which he's gone after special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which, along with his legal team, he's long sought to discredit. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied his government interfered.

As he has in the past, Trump insisted in a tweet that he did not know at the time about the meeting between his son Donald Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with links to the Kremlin.

Amid the fallout, Trump Jr. even released his own emails regarding the meeting, which proved that it had been pitched to him, by music publicist Rob Goldstone, as a meeting with the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" who had "offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

Two Trump supporters were spotted at the President's latest rally wearing T-shirts with a message printed on the front.

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It is common for U.S. politicians to research their opponents during a campaign.

Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has claimed that the president knew about, and approved of, that meeting, according to multiple news reports.

Donald Jr initially said in a statement to The New York Times that the meeting was "primarily" about American adoptions of Russian children.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani also told Talking Points Memo in June that it was the legal team's "final position" that Trump was behind the statement.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, several days after the then-FBI director told Congress that he could not comment on whether there was evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "I believe it's in the best interest of the president and of the United States of America and the American people for that investigation to run the course, for all the truth to come out".

"The president can't distinguish between any allegations of conspiracy against his campaign and the broader problem of Russian Federation continuing to interfere in our elections", Schiff said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

A senior Republican lawmaker on Sunday urged Trump to acknowledge to Americans that Russia's interference in USA elections is still a threat, something Moscow denies.

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