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.
The president also said in his tweet Sunday that the Trump Tower meeting was "to get information on an opponent", which is a departure from the initial statement that asserted that the primary goal of the meeting was to discuss the issue of adoptions.
On July 27, Trump said on Twitter that "I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr", in response to reports that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was ready to tell authorities that Trump had known.
President Trump dismissed news reports Sunday that he's anxious about legal trouble for his son related to the special counsel's investigation, and continued his attacks on the media. If this story wasn't about Jr. seeking dirt, it would've been about Trump campaign officials meeting with a Russian lawyer who is lobbying against US-imposed sanctions on Russia.
Quickly, though, that explanation fell apart, and we learned that Trump Jr had actually been promised harmful information about Democrats, including Hillary Clinton.
On Sunday, one of the president's attorneys defended the 2016 meeting as something that would not have been illegal under any federal statute.
"I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the president", Sekulow claimed in July 2017.
Trump was responding to a Washington Post report this weekend that although he does not think his eldest son intentionally broke the law, he is anxious that Trump Jr. may have unintentionally stumbled into legal jeopardy and is embroiled in Mueller's investigation largely because of his connection to the president.
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When the meeting first became public knowledge previous year, Trump personally dictated a statement for public release claiming that the meeting was called to discuss resuming adoptions of orphaned Russian babies by United States citizens.
Political campaigns routinely pursue opposition research on their opponents, but not with foreign representatives from a country viewed as an adversary.
The Trump Tower meeting also included Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort, who is on trial over tax and bank fraud charges after being indicted by Mueller.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating USA intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the election in Mr Trump's favour. The president told confidants that he doesn't believe that his son purposefully or knowingly broke any law, however he may have wandered into a legal mess. This would make sense that Candidate Trump was aware, given the fact on June 7th, Candidate Trump said he was going to do a speech about Hillary Clinton's wrongdoings (the speech never happened). "I had bad information at that point".
"I was in the case, at that point, a couple of weeks", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week". Trump Jr. was also told the offer was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". However, he said only Mueller can determine whether the evidence rises to the level of criminal activity that is "beyond a reasonable doubt".
Despite a show of force from his national security team this week as a warning against future Russian election meddling, Trump again deemed the matter a "hoax" this week.
Trump called the Post report "a complete fabrication". "They can also cause War!"