Why the 2016 Trump Tower meeting matters

Why the 2016 Trump Tower meeting matters

"I did not know about it!" he tweeted. Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner expected to get dirt (and would have "loved" to, as Trump Jr. said) but instead the Russians talked about other matters - sanctions and adoptions.

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. Trump Jr. has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember if he told his father about the meeting.

The Post reported a few weeks later that Mr Trump Jr's initial misleading statement had been dictated by Mr Trump. Trump has repeatedly denied he had any contact with the Russians. The surprising claim in Trump's tweet is that it is legal for a campaign to get information from a foreign entity about a political opponent.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should "stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now", Trump claimed that "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted" and his staff members "are doing his dirty work".

Kimmel also hit Trump over his tweets and public statements about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE " s probe, saying that "not since Robert Durst and "The Jinx' has a defendant done such a good job of convicting himself publicly".

His comments come after the president dismissed news reports Sunday that he's anxious about legal trouble for his son related to the special counsel's investigation, and renewed his attacks on the media. The president's past comments decrying the press as an "enemy of the people" have incited anger among supporters at Trump rallies, and have been condemned by the United Nations as "strategic" and non-factual attacks that "increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence".

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 USA law.

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over 'interference'
She is a Canadian citizen whose brother Raif Badawi, a blogger who was critical of the Saudi government, was already in jail in the kingdom.

Donald Trump has not directly referenced the Trump Tower meeting since his tweets this weekend. On Monday night, Giuliani continued teasing the possibility of Trump talking with Mueller while attempting to severely limit the scope of their discussion. However, Trump argued collusion is totally legal.

But the tweet also served as an admission that the Trump team had not been forthright when Donald Trump Jr. issued a statement in July 2017 saying that the meeting had been primarily about the adoption of Russian children. 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.

Despite a show of force from his national security team this week as a warning against future Russian election meddling, Trump again deemed the matter a "hoax" this week. They can also cause War!'

"I'd like to remind Mr. Trump that that ruling only says you can't be prosecuted while in office", Rubin explained.

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

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe.

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