US President Donald Trump admitted his son met with a Russian lawyer before the 2016 presidential election to get information about his electoral rival, Hillary Clinton, but said it was not only totally legal but something very common in politics.
Trump slammed as “fake news” the reports by a number of US media outlets that he was concerned about the legal problems that meeting could cause Don Trump Jr.
“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower,” the president tweeted on Sunday.
“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” he added.
Ten days ago, Trump denied allegations that his attorney Michael Cohen knew beforehand about the meeting Don Trump Jr. had with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.
Cohen, who for years was one of Trump’s closest collaborators, is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to determine whether the president’s campaign team colluded with the Kremlin in order to harm the Democratic candidate’s chances and swing him the election.
Besides releasing a series of recordings that could put Trump on the spot, Cohen said the president knew about the meeting of Donald Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya, in which Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort also took part.
The meeting with the Russian lawyer in New York’s Trump Tower is one of the key elements in the Russia probe, for which Trump Jr. had to appear before the Congressional committees looking into the supposed ties between the Kremlin and the magnate’s presidential campaign.
This article provided by NewsEdge.