President urged to stop tweeting on Trump Tower meeting

Frederick Owens
August 7, 2018

The Times reported that the president "signed off" on his son's statement, but Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, repeatedly denied that through the rest of that month.

Several of President Donald Trump's top aides fear that his frantic and reckless tweeting about the Russia investigation - in particular, his recent comments about the infamous Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign - risks inflating the story and extending its life, according to a new report from CNN.

Trump was apparently responding to reporting from The Washington Post and other outlets that the president has been increasingly brooding in private about the Mueller probe, particularly as it relates to his son's possible entanglement in the investigation.

It is not the first time the president acknowledged the existence of the meeting using this line of defense, but it is the president's most blunt admission that the goal was to obtain damaging information against his then opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election. "I can tell you for a fact that we are constantly attacked by any number of people, and I think that this president will address this issue coming to 2018 and to 2020", he continued. Trump Jr.'s first statement after the initial report asserted the meeting was only about adoption.

"I don't represent Don Jr.", Sekulow said, "but I will tell you I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told that he's a target of any investigation, and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel". "And I fear that the message that the Kremlin cares most about is what they hear from Donald Trump, and that is still one of denial and cover for the Russians". Sekulow said. "The question is, what law, statute or rule or regulation has been violated?"

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Trump, who is on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, began Sunday with a series of searing tweets.

The Trump team has argued that Mr Trump Jr ultimately did not receive any damaging information about Mrs Clinton at the meeting.

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that "collusion with Russian Federation was very real" during the 2016 campaign - but that it involved the Democrats - and he demanded a new federal investigation of Hillary Clinton and House Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Adam Schiff on their Kremlin ties. He went on to distance himself from Trump Jr. and the meeting: "I did not know about it!"

President Trump dismissed news reports Sunday that he's anxious about legal trouble for his son related to the special counsel's investigation, and continued his attacks on the media.

He defended calling the media "The Enemy of the People", and said journalists "purposely cause great division & distrust" and can "cause War!"

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