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

He concluded by distancing himself from the meeting his son arranged, writing: "I did not know about it!" It took place at Trump Tower and among those in attendance were Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr., Trump's then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who now serves as a White House senior adviser. Liberal commentators have uninhibitedly called the US President a traitor, even as Trump and his base have argued that Democrat and liberal charges in this regard are just a case of sour grapes after they lost an election they were widely expected to win.

On Sunday, US media including the Washington Post, CNN and AP reported that Mr Trump was anxious Donald Trump Jr could be in legal trouble because of the 9 June 2016 meeting with Ms Veselnitskaya.

The younger Trump said "I love it" when offered the "dirt" on Mrs Clinton.

Mr Trump also tweeted about the fires in California, which have destroyed dozens of homes and killed at least seven people.

While Trump's public stance on the reason for the meeting has evolved since it was first reported past year, so too has his admission of involvement in crafting a statement on behalf of his son that explained this meeting, the report noted. Trump has repeatedly denied collusion with Russian Federation or any other wrongdoing.

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

Fox News national security strategist Sebastian Gorka reacts to media frenzy over Trump Tower meeting on 'Hannity'.

As the investigation presses ever-deeper into Trump's potential ties to Russians involved in corrupting the US presidential election, he can not stop changing his story.

While complaining about a report saying he's been chain-smoking cigarettes out of concern over Trump's latest tweets, the former NY mayor claimed he doesn't smoke them. and in fact hates 'em.




Trump went on to say that nothing came from the meeting.

While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller could bring conspiracy charges if he finds that any campaign member worked with Russian Federation to break US law.

What is new from the president's comments Sunday is his declaration that the meeting is "totally legal". Mueller is probing whether anyone connected with the president's campaign conspired with Russian Federation to tip the election in Trump's favor.

It is, however, against the law for United States campaigns to receive donations or items of value from foreigners.

President Trump denies any collusion.

Trump Jr. initially claimed in a statement - which the president dictated himself - that he had "primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children" during the "short introductory meeting".

"If it was me, as the president's son, I'd be calling my dad and said, 'Dad, don't do me many any more favors, '" said Quigley.

Trump has launched a series of new public attacks on Mueller and his team in recent weeks, which has been interpreted as possible signs the president is anxious about the inquiry reaching his family.

Giuliani, who said his team is preparing a counterreport, said he believes Mueller and his lawyers "want to wrap it up before September, or at the beginning of September". They can also cause War!'


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