Meeting in Trump Tower Was to Get Information on Clinton

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"The real question here is, would a meeting of that nature constitute a violation of the law?"

Trump tweeted: "Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower".

GREENE: All right, NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith - she also hosts the NPR Politics Podcast.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa. But, it was wrong to take the meeting.

US President Donald Trump has offered his most definitive and clear public acknowledgement that his oldest son met a Kremlin-aligned lawyer at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign to "get information on an opponent". In some ways, this is like "Groundhog Day".

KEITH: We are back exactly where we were this time past year, talking about that Trump Tower meeting.

He claimed that "because of Tariffs we will be able to start paying down large amounts of the $21 Trillion in debt that has been accumulated, much by the Obama Administration, while at the same time reducing taxes for our people".

Donald Trump has not directly referenced the Trump Tower meeting since his tweets this weekend.

KEITH: Well, it was sort of an evolving explanation. In any event, participants in the meeting, including Veselnitskaya, said no reports about Clinton were exchanged.

The Post reported a few weeks later that Mr Trump Jr's initial misleading statement had been dictated by Mr Trump.

Adoptions 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.

Will Trump talk to Mueller?

That music promoter had gotten in touch with him saying that some people they knew in Russian Federation had some information that they were going to want that was going to help the campaign.

What did President Trump say? In Trump, they see someone who will deliver them jobs, with an economic resurgence that the President insists nearly daily is happening in an unprecedented manner. I say, as they come, Tax them.

CHANG: Once your son is basically saying, no, it was actually about getting opposition research during the 2016 presidential election. And this is what President Trump said. "I don't think so". "And so the ability for his attorneys to be able to make the arguments they need to make on his behalf, as I've told him for a long time, is what he should permit them to do". The focus and the goal might be two different things.

Several seconds passed before Ingraham said: 'Hey Donnie, you there?' There is a difference between seeking out dirt on your opponent and receiving an offer from a foreign agent to give you for free dirt on your opponent.

He said: "You have to look at what laws, rules, regulations, statutes are purportedly violated here". "So was the objective of this meeting to receive something of value?"

The misdirection came amid a series of searing tweets sent from his New Jersey golf club, in which he tore into two of his favorite targets, the news media and Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible links between the president's campaign and Russian Federation.

Later Sunday, Jay Sekulow, one of the president's lawyers, defended the 2016 meeting.

Kimmel began with the recent admission that Don Jr. did knowingly meet with the Russians trying to get information on Hillary Clinton.

Ingraham was questioning Trump Jr on the contradictory reports regarding his controversial Trump Tower meeting when the line dropped out. "Willfully soliciting a foreign contribution is a crime", Rick Hasen, a campaign finance expert and law professor at the University of California, Irvine, said in a statement. They can also cause War!'

Giuliani, who said his team is preparing a counterreport, said he believes Mueller and his lawyers "want to wrap it up before September, or at the beginning of September".

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", Trump tweeted Sunday.