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".
Trump Jr went on to blame the Democrats and cable news outlets for blowing the meeting with the Kremlin-connected lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, out of proportion.
Amid public uproar over the meeting, the president's son was forced to release follow-up statements, ultimately acknowledging that the meeting's true objective had been to get dirt about Hillary Clinton from a lawyer he had been told was working for the Russian government. When it became obvious that the focus of the meeting would not be on Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. quickly lost interest and the meeting ended soon thereafter.
".Why aren't Mueller and the 17 Angry Democrats looking at the meetings concerning the Fake Dossier and all of the lying that went on in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ?" And there is particularly a reason for that now because his former lawyer Michael Cohen, his former fixer who he's now on the outs with, has reportedly said that he'd be willing to tell Robert Mueller's team, the special counsel investigation, that President Trump in fact did know in advance about that meeting, did know about it at the time it was happening.
But legal experts have pointed out several possible criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States and aiding and abetting a conspiracy.
Moreover, contrary to Trump's assertion, there are extremely strict federal laws prohibiting foreign nationals from getting materially involved in US elections. The self-contradictory and legally questionable nature of Trump's claims prompted his own advisers to beg him to stop tweeting about the incident.
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But, he added that in order for Americans to fully understand the truth, the investigation must play out and not be shut down.
The two sides have been at an impasse since March, when Mueller raised the threat of issuing a subpoena to the president, and Trump's team has sought to make Trump's conduct as president off-limits to Mueller's investigators, should an interview occur. That explanation did not last very long because then emails about that meeting came out. Sekulow said of Trump Jr.'s meeting.
"I had bad information at the time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow said Sunday, noting that he had only been working for Trump a short time when he made the misstatement past year. How did the president's circle explain that meeting back then? "You have to know you are doing something illegal and the courts would have to consider the opposition research from Russian agents a "thing of value" for campaign finance purposes".
Schiff also said Mr. Trump's "attempt to retract" his comments from the Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland, last month "goes well beyond any allegations of conspiracy".
Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers, would not characterize the response. His former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial is also underway and getting significant coverage.
And he raged against the media's obsession with his links to Russian Federation and the status of Michael Cohen, his former fixer, who is under federal investigation in NY.
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.
It's unclear whether Trump's latest admission will affect Mueller's probe in any way.