U.S. President Donald Trump admitted on Sunday that his son met with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower in 2016 “to get information on an opponent” but defended it as “totally legal”.
It was Mr. Trump’s most direct acknowledgement that the motive for the June 2016 meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
As he has in the past, Mr. Trump insisted in a tweet that he did not know at the time about the meeting between his son Donald Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with links to the Kremlin. “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics — and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”
The Washington Post
reported on Sunday that Mr. Trump has been brooding in private about whether his son unintentionally put himself in legal jeopardy by meeting with Ms. Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. has admitted that he accepted the meeting with Ms. Veselnitskaya in hopes of obtaining damaging information on Ms. Clinton, but said nothing came of it.
Mr. Trump’s lawyers argue that the meeting, in and of itself, violated no laws.
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