Not that there was collusion, but if so, it was “totally legal.”
President Trump went on a Twitter tirade Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in the crosshairs of the Robert Mueller investigation was to gather information on his political rival Hillary Clinton.
The President’s latest social media meltdown was in reaction to what he called a “complete fabrication” in Sunday’s Washington Post claiming Trump was concerned “innocent and decent people,” including his son Donald Trump Jr., could be hurt by Mueller’s probe exploring links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics — and it went nowhere,” he wrote. “I did not know about it!”
Thirteen months ago, Trump gave a different explanation for the meeting between his eldest son and parties alleging ties to the Russian government. A July 2017 statement credited to Don Jr. and later discovered to have been dictated by the President read: “We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago.”
Though the President maintains he knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting prior to its taking place, his former fixer Michael Cohen, who has reportedly indicated a willingness to cooperate with Mueller’s team, has allegedly said otherwise.
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he had “bad information” when he personally argued that the meeting was about adoption.
Sekulow, who had only recently joined the Trump team when the statement was drafted, admitted that the public explanation for the meeting has changed, but emphasized the White House has been clear with the special counsel’s office. He also said he was not aware of Trump Jr. facing any legal exposure.
“I don’t represent Don Jr.,” Sekulow said, “but I will tell you I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told that he’s a target of any investigation, and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel.”
Sekulow told “This Week” that “the question is what law, statute or rule or regulation has been violated, and nobody has pointed to one.”
This seems to be in line with a defense Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani introduced on CNN last week when he said “I don’t even know if that’s a crime” in reference to questions about Russian collusion. Trump soon after that interview tweeted, “Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion.”
It is illegal for a foreign national or government to make any contribution or donation of money or other thing of value to a campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Trump’s Sunday morning flurry also attacked the special counsel and the media.
“Too bad a large portion of the Media refuses to report the lies and corruption having to do with the Rigged Witch Hunt — but that is why we call them FAKE NEWS!” he wrote.
Trump also called outlets that reported on him negatively “dangerous and sick.”
“The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE,” Trump tweeted. “I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”
According to The Washington Post, in addition to being upset about the Russia probe, The President appears to be distracted by the trial of Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman.
This article provided by NewsEdge.