Trump legal team drafting letter about 'reluctance' to answer obstruction questions

Arturo Kim
August 7, 2018

The Washington Post reported that Trump had expressed concerns in the past week about his son Donald Trump Jr's legal exposure from the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. He says the now-infamous June 2016 meeting was, quote, "to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics". "I did not know about it".

Kimmel began with the recent admission that Don Jr. did knowingly meet with the Russians trying to get information on Hillary Clinton. He initially denied he met with any Russians on behalf of the campaign and now he admits the meeting was to get damaging information about Clinton.

Mr Trump Jr's testimony to Congress contained a similar defence as his father's Sunday tweet, indicating that he saw no reason not to accept a meeting that could yield important information about Mrs Clinton, even though he was told that it was part of an effort by the government of a hostile power.

President Trump is still explaining a meeting at Trump Tower that took place more than two years ago.

While Trump's public stance on the reason for the meeting has evolved since it was first reported previous year, so too has his admission of involvement in crafting a statement on behalf of his son that explained this meeting, the report noted.

The report cited several sources who claimed that Trump "has been urged to stop tweeting about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting".

Amid growing anger and confrontation in the political sphere, Trump has embarked on a weekly campaign speechmaking binge, drawing sustenance from an adoring fan base that is resentful of a Washington-centric establishment that is seen as letting it down in favor of immigrants, minorities, and foreigners.

Trump Jr.is a subject in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia's investigation for his role in a meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

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Sunday's tweet was Trump's clearest statement yet on the goal of the meeting, which has become a focal point of Mueller's investigation even as the president and his lawyers try to downplay its significance and pummel the Mueller probe with attacks. Federal campaign finance law states it is illegal for a foreign national to "directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value".

"His legal team is concerned", Mr. Sekulow told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. However, Trump argued collusion is totally legal.

"I am comfortable in saying this: if there was evidence, strong evidence of collusion, I guarantee you it would have been leaked by now", the Republican senator said.

Donald Jr said in July 2017 that the meeting had been about U.S. adoptions of Russian children, a statement apparently dictated by his father.

While candidates have traditionally feared an "October surprise" that could blow up their campaigns at the last minute, the growth of early voting means that bombshell news that hits anytime between September and November 6 could change the election outcome, said Capri Cafaro, who teaches in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. Dowd subsequently resigned from the Trump team.

'They purposely cause great division & distrust.

So today's breathless headlines are, as the Powerline blog's Paul Mirengoff called them, "fake news".

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