Why the 2016 Trump Tower meeting matters

Why the 2016 Trump Tower meeting matters

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.

In case you missed it, Trump lashed out over the weekend about the media reporting on the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, a meeting attended by the likes of Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner.

"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics", the president said.

He concludes the tweet by saying, "I did not know about it!"

The US President has been facing growing pressure over the meeting between Donald Trump Jr and Kremlin-linked Natalia Veselnitskaya, which took place at Trump Tower in NY in June 2016. As more details emerged, Trump Jr. released a new statement acknowledging there was an offer of potentially damaging information on Clinton and the Democratic Party, and he eventually published emails about the meeting.

If U.S. President Donald Trump is subpoenaed by a special counsel investigating contacts between the 2016 Trump election campaign and Russian Federation, his lawyers will attempt to quash it in court, one of Trump's lawyers said on Sunday.

The "biggest takeaway", Colbert noted, is that Trump "is straight-up admitting that this was a meeting with representatives of the Russian government to get information on an opponent - also known as collusion".

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But at the time, the Trump administration broke from the president's story when it maintained the focus of the meeting was related to policies about adoption of Russian children.

CNN reports that other recent tweets from the president, including those attacking special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russian Federation investigation, didn't trigger the same warnings from Trump's staff. Mr. Trump has repeatedly denied that members of his campaign colluded with the Russians. Campaign finance law prohibits foreign nationals from making "a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value" in American elections, which legal experts have suggested Trump Jr. could have violated by accepting information - a "thing of value" - from a Russian source.

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.

"I had bad information at that time", the lawyer said. If true, Cohen's testimony would undermine repeated denials by Trump and his team that he knew nothing about the meeting until The New York Times asked him about it in July 2017.

Trump's tweet came in response to a widely covered report in the mainstream media over the weekend.

Sekulow said that the president had the authority under Article II of the U.S. Constitution to stop any investigation conducted by the Department of Justice.

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's tweet reveals that he lied past year when he personally dictated a statement, released by his son, Donald Trump Jr., which claimed the meeting was mostly about US adoption of Russian children. American intelligence officials say Russian Federation is targeting the November congressional elections, which will determine whether or not Republicans keep control of both chambers of the U.S. Congress. "They can also cause War!"

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