Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Advisors Reportedly Telling Trump to Stop Tweeting About the Trump Tower Meeting

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Jay Anderson | 07 August, 2018, 12:41

On May 16, 2018, Donald Trump Jr. testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that his father, then-candidate Donald Trump, had no foreknowledge of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting Junior held with other Trump presidential campaign officials and several Kremlin-connected operatives.

He also claimed not to know about the now-infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting between senior campaign officials, including his son, and Russians who'd promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. This is not a routine thing politicians do to get information on their opponents. "I did not know about it!"

The New York Times in July 2017 first revealed the existence of the meeting between the president's son and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. They described the statement, which had not mentioned that the Russian lawyer was expected to bring damaging information about Clinton, as "short but accurate".

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.

The Trump camp maintains that it doesn't matter anyway, because information on Clinton was never delivered by the Russians, or received by the campaign, in the meeting.

The meeting, first reported by The New York Times, happened two weeks after Trump secured the Republican nomination.

Sekulow, repeating the recent mantra of Trump's legal team and of the president himself, said there "has been no evidence at this point of any type of collusion by the president".

The Post reported a few weeks later that Trump Jr.'s initial misleading statement had been "dictated" by Trump. Trump's former adviser Roger Stone, embroiled in his own controversy, has even tried to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his decision to meet with Russians during the campaign.




What is new from the president's comments Sunday is his declaration that the meeting is "totally legal".

"He has to stick to that part because if he says he knew about the meeting, that nearly certainly means Donald Jr. lied in front of Congress, and I think that that would nearly certainly mean that Donald Jr. would get indicted", Abrams said.

Ingraham went on speaking before Trump Jr eventually called back, saying: 'Somehow you got cut off - they started playing the recording and then it got cut off'. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump campaign aides.

"The question is, how would it be illegal?" he asked.

In one tweet, he declared the media the "Enemy of the People" and accused outlets of sowing division and distrust.

President Trump appeared to change his story about the 2016 meeting, which is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation, when he put out the tweet that Don Jr had met with lawyer to collect information about his political opponent. "They can also cause War!"

US President Donald Trump has yet again tweeted about his personal legal issues in a way he perhaps shouldn't have.

He called the "Fake" media "very risky and sick".

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