President Trump appears to change story on meeting with Russian lawyer

Sekulow Obstruction of justice by tweet is absurd

The remarks, which came during a friendly interview on The Laura Ingraham Show, came after President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter the June 2016 meeting was meant to get damaging information on his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton - contradicting a statement he dictated when the meeting came to light a year ago.

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.

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

It started when Washington Post reported Trump was anxious his son - DJTJ.as Kimmel calls him - could be in a legal jam because of the meeting Junior took with Russians at Trump Tower during the campaign. There have been no reports that information about Clinton was offered or exchanged.

US President Donald Trump has yet again tweeted about his personal legal issues in a way he perhaps shouldn't have.

"Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow initially claimed that Trump was not involved in crafting Trump Jr.'s misleading statement", CNN reported.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president "certainly didn't dictate" the statement.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied claims it interfered in the November 2016 presidential elections, where Mr Trump defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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

Mueller is in the midst of a 15-month investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, Trump campaign ties to Russia and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.

In addition to weighing in publicly on the Trump Tower meeting, the president also unleashed angry tweets directed at the news media Sunday morning from his 11-day working vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"In a change, Trump says meeting's goal was Clinton info". "Your campaign accepted. And the Russians delivered", tweeted Rep. Adam Schiff, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. "Indeed, there is substantial reason to believe that Trump's objective in sending Sekulow out to disseminate the false account was not only to mislead to the nation, but also to encourage other witnesses to lie and otherwise impede the ongoing criminal investigation". As noted above, receiving an in-kind donation from a foreigner is against federal law. On Monday night, Giuliani continued teasing the possibility of Trump talking with Mueller while attempting to severely limit the scope of their discussion. Giuliani told ABC News last month that his team submitted a response to Mueller asking to limit the scope of an interview with Trump especially as it relates to obstruction of justice. Dowd subsequently resigned from the Trump team.

"I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told he is the target of any investigation and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel", Mr. Sekulow said. But also, they didn't give us anything good, and we didn't act on it.

So today's breathless headlines are, as the Powerline blog's Paul Mirengoff called them, "fake news".

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