"Totally Legal": Trump Admits His Son Met Russian Lawyer In Election Year

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President Trump has admitted for the first time that the goal of his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer before the 2016 elections was to gather information about his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

According to the Washington Post, a White House advisor, speaking on the condition of anonymity, has stated that President Trump has told friends and fellow advisors that he is fearful that his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., may have put himself in legal jeopardy.

Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime attorney and former fixer, is said to be prepared to testify that the President knew about the Trump Tower meeting ahead of time sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

One of the key concerns for Trump's lawyers is whether or not they should allow the president to sit with prosecutors led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal probe. As the Inquisitr has noted, Trump Jr. himself released the emails that led to the meeting, in which he was promised information that "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

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One of Trump's current attorneys, Jay Sekulow, agreed Sunday with Trump's tweet during an appearance on ABC's "This Week".

While Sekulow had originally claimed that the President has no hand in the Trump Tower meeting, it was later revealed that Trump himself dictated the statement. 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.

So the Trump tower meeting between Trump, Jr. and the Russian lawyer is inconsequential.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations by US intelligence agencies that his government meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt that should be shut down.

When asked by host George Stephanopoulos how a meeting arranged to get information on an opponent could be legal, Sekulow responded: "Well, the question is, how would it be illegal?" "If you approach him the normal way he will pick up the scent and understand that he has to be careful about what he says because he is no dummy".

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"When you look at a meeting that took place a year before - now two years ago - the question is, what law, statute, rule or regulation's been violated, and nobody's pointed to one", Sekulow added.

Trump has said similar things about the June 2016 meeting.

Following the meeting, Trump Jr. took part in three phone calls, as House Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Adam Schiff pointed out.

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe. "I believe it's in the best interest of the president and of the United States of America and the American people for that investigation to run the course, for all the truth to come out".

Sekulow also downplayed comments made by the president's other attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently said that collusion is not a crime, calling them "rather unremarkable". If true, it would also mean that Donald Trump Jr. lied about his father's knowledge of this to congressional investigators.

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