Trump called news accounts "a complete fabrication" that he was concerned about the legal liability his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., could face for arranging a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer said to have dirt on Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump Jr, along with his father, US President Donald Trump, and others in the administration have downplayed the importance of the meeting.
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 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 objective of the meeting was to discuss the issue of adoptions. "I did not know about it!"
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign members coordinated with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election in the Republican's favour.
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Whether it's the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, or private messages back and forth with Wikileaks, Don Jr.'s name continues to pop up in regards to the current Mueller probe.
A photo of the two middle-aged men wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and the gray tees went viral on Twitter, gathering more than 18,000 likes, 7,000 retweets and more than a few angry and questioning comments. Trump has repeatedly denied collusion with Russian Federation or any other wrongdoing. Last week, however, he adopted his lawyers' tactics and insisted "collusion is not a crime".
Throughout that October, Trump cited emails disseminated by WikiLeaks on a near daily basis ― even though he began receiving briefings in August 2016 that told him that US intelligence agencies had determined those emails had been stolen by Russian spies.
"What law, statute, rule or regulation has been violated?"
CNN reported last month that Michael Cohen, the president's longtime personal lawyer and self-described "fixer" was willing to tell Mueller that Trump did know about the meeting in advance. And at a trio of rallies, he escalated his already vitriolic rhetoric toward the media, savaging the press for unflattering coverage and, he feels, bias. Then, during the rolling political disaster that followed, Trump Jr.
When the source cited by CNN expressed apparent concern about the oxygen the president is supplying to the topic, that source very well could have been expressing concern about the obstruction element.