President Trump attorney Jay Sekulow on Sunday blamed "bad information" for erroneously denying that the president had a role in his campaign's response to a key June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.
Trump tweeted that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.
The lawyer recalled the moment he realized he was starting to get under Trump's skin: "He's calling me a 'third-rate lawyer, ' I though it was pretty good that he was saying that because it meant that finally, after nearly two hours, that I had gotten to him".
WASHINGTON ― Forty times President Donald Trump has posted statements on Twitter asserting "NO COLLUSION" with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
Sekulow added that he has "no knowledge" of whether federal investigators are probing one of the attendees of the meeting, Donald Trump Jr., even as critics charge that the secretive discussion might have run afoul of campaign finance law.
Trump's admission that his son's 2016 Russian meeting was to get information on Clinton runs counter to the narrative he has previously pushed about the meeting.
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However, he subsequently admitted he had agreed to the meeting after being told he would be offered information that would prove detrimental to Mrs Clinton.
The president's attorneys at first denied Trump's involvement in drafting the response to the Times, but months later, in a letter meant to explain why Mueller should not interview Trump, they agreed that the president had, in fact, been the author of the statement.
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.
When the meeting first became public knowledge past year, Trump personally dictated a statement for public release claiming that the meeting was called to discuss resuming adoptions of orphaned Russian babies by United States citizens. Though the president tweet-claimed that the oppo-research was "totally legal and done all the time in politics", it thoroughly contradicts his earlier claims that the meeting was called to discuss American adoption of Russian orphans.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday he believes the president is so busy worrying about allegations of conspiracy and collusion against the Trump campaign that he refuses to concede that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election at all. "When you look at a meeting, George, that took place ... now two years ago, the question is, 'What law, statute or rule or regulation's been violated?' Nobody's pointed to one". "I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People".
"I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week".
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. Trump Jr. was also told the offer was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". "They can also cause War!"