President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with top Trump campaign officials and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer was to get information on his opponent Hillary Clinton.
The president also said in his tweet Sunday that the Trump Tower meeting was "to get information on an opponent", which is a departure from the initial statement that asserted that the primary objective of the meeting was to discuss the issue of adoptions.
As he has in the past, 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.
According to the Washington Post, a Trump adviser said the president does not think his son broke the law on goal but fears he inadvertently may have wandered into legal jeopardy'.
Trump, Jr. himself has offered conflicting statements about the meeting, telling Senate investigators in September that he wanted to "hear [the Russians] out" regarding their "information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate".
However, he subsequently admitted he had agreed to the meeting after being told he would be offered information that would prove detrimental to Mrs Clinton.
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow nevertheless attempted to rationalize the 2016 meeting as legal in an interview Sunday on ABC's This Week.
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President Trump has repeatedly denied that his campaign worked with Moscow, saying "No Collusion!"
However, legal experts say that Mr Trump Jr could fall foul of campaign finance laws, which prohibit accepting anything of value from a foreign government or foreign national.
Far from something that is "done all the time", Trump's admission would make him the first USA presidential candidate in history to admit accepting campaign aid from the Russian government.
"The question is, how would it be illegal?" he asked. "In fact, it never happened on our watch and if it had our reaction would have been 'call the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ' not, 'if it's what you say it is, I love it'". "Did I meet with people that were Russian?" Sekulow said of Trump Jr.'s meeting. The president told confidants that he doesn't believe that his son purposefully or knowingly broke any law, however he may have wandered into a legal mess.
In December, Donald Junior told House Intelligence Committee members that he had been in touch with Hope Hicks, who was on Air Force One with the president at the time, and she advised him on the statement.
"What law, statute, rule or regulation has been violated?"
In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe. Trump's legal team defended the statement as "short but accurate" in a letter sent to Mueller in January, as quoted in the New York Times.
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