Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

President Urged to Stop Tweeting on Trump Tower Meeting Between Advisers, Russians

President Urged to Stop Tweeting on Trump Tower Meeting Between Advisers, Russians

In response to the CNN report, Trump tweeted, "I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr".

Giuliani, President Trump's lead attorney for the ongoing special counsel investigation, said Monday that Trump's legal team is planning to send a letter to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III this week that will largely rebuff Mueller's latest offer of a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice. "So if someone from another country says, 'I want to have a meeting where I'm going to give your campaign $1 million dollars, ' and you know that's illegal and you try to make it happen, the crime has been committed then, even if the $1 million dollars never appears in the campaign's treasury".

It was Mr Trump's most direct acknowledgement that the motive for the June 2016 meeting was to get dirt on Mrs Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival for the presidency.

The Trump Tower meeting was arranged by British music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who told Donald Jr that he had "information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

Beyond any criminal implications, a meeting such as the Trump Tower one would be of interest for counterintelligence reasons as investigators try to understand foreign efforts to penetrate an American campaign or sway public policy.

Trump's admission that his son's 2016 Russian meeting was to get information on Clinton runs counter to the narrative he has previously pushed about the meeting.

Asked on Sunday why he had denied the president's involvement, one of Trump's lawyers Jay Sekulow told ABC that "I had bad information at that point".

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Trump and his son have both said then-candidate Trump had no advance knowledge of the meeting and that the meeting itself was not useful to the campaign. The veracity of which is challenged by campaign finance law that states it is illegal for a foreign national to "directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value".

Ingraham was questioning Trump Jr on the contradictory reports regarding his controversial Trump Tower meeting when the line dropped out.

Donald Trump Jr, along with his father, US President Donald Trump, and others in the administration have downplayed the importance of the meeting.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted an apparent response to stories by CNN and The Washington Post that said he is anxious about Donald Trump Jr.'s legal exposure following the infamous 2016 meeting.

In one tweet, he declared the media the "Enemy of the People" and accused outlets of sowing division and distrust.

Sekulow said the important thing was that Trump's legal team shared accurate information with the special counsel. They cited multiple unnamed sources. "They can also cause War!"

"I am comfortable in saying this: if there was evidence, strong evidence of collusion, I guarantee you it would have been leaked by now", the Republican senator said. "They are very unsafe & sick!" 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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