My son's meeting with Russian lawyer was legal

The president defended his son in a tweet on Sunday

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.

The president has denied knowledge of the meeting at his Trump Tower campaign headquarters in NY in the face of news accounts saying his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that he heard Trump's son tell his father in advance about the meeting. "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent". "I did not know about it!" the President tweeted.

Mr Trump's latest tweet appears to contradict a previous statement from the Trump camp about the meeting. 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.

It was not clear where Mr Trump's theories are from but the idea of tree-clearing for fire prevention may have come from interior secretary Ryan Zinke, who advocated the idea in September.

While Trump has claimed since taking office that "no collusion" occurred between his campaign and Russia and that Mueller was conducting a "witch hunt", Trump's acceptance of Russian help has been out in the open since the final month of the 2016 campaign.

At the time, Donald Trump Jr issued a statement explaining that he and the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had "primarily discussed a programme about the adoption of Russian children".

Trump, Jr. himself has offered conflicting statements about the meeting, telling Senate investigators in September that he wanted to "hear [the Russians] out" regarding their "information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations by USA intelligence agencies that his government meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt that should be shut down.




Both President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have said Russia did not interfere in the United States election.

"I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told he is the target of any investigation and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel", Mr. Sekulow said Sunday. He said he was not aware of Trump Jr. facing any legal exposure.

"I had bad information at that time", the lawyer said.

President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on two of his favorite targets: the special counsel Russian Federation probe and the news media.

Trump, his son, his lawyers and other administration officials have repeatedly said Trump did not know about the now infamous meeting, until news of it broke in July 2017.

The president's lawyers argue that the meeting, in and of itself, violated no laws. "They can also cause War!" "They are very risky & sick!"

These are all significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government.

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