Why the 2016 Trump Tower meeting matters - 8/6/2018 12:36:37 PM

Aug 08, 2018, 08:24
Why the 2016 Trump Tower meeting matters - 8/6/2018 12:36:37 PM

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

Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower.

"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere", said Trump.

The president appeared to change his story in a Sunday tweet in which for the first time he confirmed that the Trump Tower meeting was supposed to produce dirt on Clinton.

President Trump's legal team is engaging in "ongoing discussions" with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team on a potential sit-down involving the president and federal investigators, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in an interview on Fox News' "Hannity" on Tuesday.

In January this year, Trump lawyers John Dowd and Sekulow wrote to Mueller, in part, that "the president dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump Jr".

The reporter pointed out, however, that her shirt bearing the quote, "What difference does it make?" - along with a caricature of Hillary Clinton as the Joker - refers to the Benghazi investigation. He went on to distance himself from Trump Jr. and the meeting: "I did not know about it!"

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further", Trump tweeted last week.

"The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father", Goldstone continued, adding this was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump". However, legal experts have indicated several possible charges, including conspiracy against the United States and aiding and abetting a conspiracy.

Sekulow acknowledged that the public explanation for the meeting has changed but insisted that the White House has been very clear with the special counsel's office.

Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were known to have attended the meeting with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

He rages against what he claims are the media's obsession with his links to Russian Federation and the status of Cohen, his former fixer.

"It depends on motives and knowledge at the time of the meeting". At a trio of rallies, he raised the volume of his already vitriolic rhetoric toward the media, savaging the press for unflattering coverage and, he claims, bias. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They are very unsafe & sick! A few days later, Trump tweeted the same defense. Former FBI Director James Comey in April said there was evidence Trump obstructed justice when he asked Comey about the investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump was joined for his Saturday rally in OH by former White House communications director Hope Hicks, who departed the administration earlier this year. The current statement on Twitter is till date Trump's most direct statement on the matter, though several people claimed that the meeting was an attempt to acquire potentially damaging information on Clinton.

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