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Dem: Optics of Trump Tower meeting ‘absolutely horrifying’

Dem: Optics of Trump Tower meeting ‘absolutely horrifying’”

US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that his son met with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower to get information on his election opponent Hillary Clinton, saying it was "totally legal" and "done all the time in politics".

Later White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said the president weighed in, but didn't dictate a statement released in July 2017 on the meeting, which said the get-together was focused on Russian adoptions.

And Trump in his tweet Sunday repeated his assertion that he had no advance knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.

President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday the infamous Trump Tower meeting that included his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner was about obtaining information on Hillary Clinton, not adoption like he previously claimed.

Trump's morning Twitter post was his most direct statement on the goal of the meeting, though his son and others have said it was to gather damaging information on the Democratic candidate.

He concluded by further distancing himself from the meeting his son arranged, writing, "I did not know about it!"

"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. Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating U.S. intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the election in Trump's favour. The report alleged Trump is increasingly anxious about his eldest son becoming ensnared in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"And we've seen 1.4 million documents, we've provided 32 witness interviews of any type of collusion on behalf of the president and the Russians".

There are few people in the world more convinced of Donald Trump's greatness and brilliance than Donald Trump Jr.

Later, Donald Jr said he had accepted the meeting hoping to get dirt on Mrs Clinton but he said nothing came of it. Last week, however, he adopted his lawyers' tactics and insisted "collusion is not a crime".

A senior Republican lawmaker on Sunday urged Trump to acknowledge to Americans that Russia's interference in US elections is still a threat, something Moscow denies. "That arguably would violate federal law prohibiting a candidate from asking for or receiving something of value from a foreign national". She also posited that the president's claim on Twitter that he was not aware of the Trump Tower meeting could be inessential to Mueller's probe in the light of the "false" statement from a year ago that claimed the meeting's goal was to discuss the adoption of Russian children.

The lawyer argued the President could use Article II of the US Constitution - the Presidential powers - to refuse any issued subpoena. Trump has seethed against what he feels are trumped-up charges against his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose trial began last week and provided a visible reminder of Mueller's work.



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