Trump admits son met with Russian to get info on opponent

Trump admits son met with Russian to get info on opponent

US President Donald Trump has admitted his son met a Russian lawyer in June 2016 "to get information on an opponent", but argues it was legal.

Sekulow also supported Trump's tweet on Sunday asserting there was nothing illegal about a controversial 2016 Trump Tower meeting aimed at getting dirt on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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

Ex-CIA director hits Trump Jr. for comparing DNC to Nazis MORE, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was "totally legal and done all the time in politics".

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump has been brooding in private about whether his son unintentionally put himself in legal jeopardy by meeting with Veselnitskaya.

President Trump's "fixer" Michael Cohen has reportedly claimed that then-candidate Trump approved the meeting ahead of time.

Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow nevertheless attempted to rationalize the 2016 meeting as legal in an interview Sunday on ABC's This Week. Far from something that is "done all the time", Trump's admission would make him the first US presidential candidate in history to admit accepting campaign aid from the Russian government.

Trump has reportedly told several of his advisers and friends that he's anxious the investigation could destroy the lives of "innocent and decent people", namely his son.

Previously, the Trumps pushed another explanation for the meeting, after having failed to disclosed it and denied anything of the sort had ever happened in the first place.

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"Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Why is the Trump Tower meeting controversial?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating USA intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the election in Mr Trump's favour.

As the investigation moves along, it will be interesting to note what reaction the president may have, if in fact it appears that Don Jr. may be a target or a subject of the Mueller Probe.

"We have to make a decision based on the law and what's best for our client", said Sekulow, adding that it will take time to make that determination. "I had bad information at that point".

"If I asked Donald a question, I said 'Donald, what time is it?' He'd probably tell me how to build a clock".

Much has been said and written about the possibility that President Donald Trump could testify under oath in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

"It doesn't mean illegality, it doesn't mean criminality", he said.

Also, if any Americans aided in disseminating the Russian hacked data, then they could be roped in as co-conspirators in Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers (GRU) for hacking the DNC, DCCC, and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign during the 2016 election and leaking through DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0. CNN's Jake Tapper called them "hate tweets", the same network's Brian Stelter described a "hate movement" and conservative columnist Bill Kristol tweeted that Trump is "closer in spirit to Putin than to America". Mueller was appointed to take over the probe after the firing.