Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump "needs to put a pin in that", says panelist


President Donald Trump is refusing to be seen in public following his online admittance that his son Donald Trump Jr. colluded with Russian Federation to get dirt on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

At the time, Donald Trump Jr issued a statement explaining that he and the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya (pictured), had "primarily discussed a programme about the adoption of Russian children". He also said the meeting was "totally legal" and he did not know about it. Weija Jiang reports.

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", Trump tweeted from his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey.

On July 11, 2017, Trump Jr. released what he said was the "entire email chain" of his conversations setting up the disputed meeting with the Russian attorney, showing what appeared to be an offer to provide information that would "incriminate" Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump". They described the statement, which had not mentioned that the Russian lawyer was expected to bring damaging information about Clinton, as "short but accurate".

Political campaigns routinely pursue opposition research on their opponents, but not with foreign representatives from a country viewed as an adversary.

"The tweet was bad for Trump and a gift to prosecutors in several respects", Rubin opined.

Trump had earlier claimed that the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children, reported Reuters, a statement contradicted by Trump Jr, who said that the objective was to gather information on Clinton.

Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

"I was in the case, at that point, a couple of weeks", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week". Sekulow added that he has "no knowledge" of the president's son testifying to the special counsel's grand jury or being told that he is a "target", which is an official designation the Justice Department would use to tell someone that they are likely to be indicted.

Jay Sekulow, the president's attorney, denied the president was involved in drafting Trump Jr.'s initial statement that the meeting was about Russian adoptions.

"Well, the question is, 'How would it be illegal?'" Sekulow said of the meeting.

"They're talking about this blue wave", Trump said referring to way Democrats are depicted on electoral maps.

The president's lawyers argue that the meeting, in and of itself, violated no laws.

One of the president's personal lawyers said on Sunday that if Trump is subpoenaed by the special counsel, his lawyers will attempt to quash it in court.

These are all significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government.

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