President Urged to Stop Tweeting on Trump Tower Meeting Between Advisers, Russians

Frederick Owens
August 7, 2018

Trump tweeted that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent. He went on to distance himself from Trump Jr. and the meeting: "I did not know about it!"

Emails released by Trump Jr also suggest the meeting was about getting negative information to use against Clinton in the campaign.

The Trump camp maintains that it doesn't matter anyway, because information on Clinton was never delivered by the Russians, or received by the campaign, in the meeting.

On Sunday morning, Trump responded to reports in the Washington Post and on CNN that he was concerned Donald Jr. could be in legal trouble.

The Post had reported that the statement to The Times was dictated by the president, though at the time Trump's lawyers denied his involvement.

Asked on Sunday why he had denied the president's involvement, one of Trump's lawyers Jay Sekulow told ABC that "I had bad information at that point".

CNN reports that other recent tweets from the president, including those attacking special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russian Federation investigation, didn't trigger the same warnings from Trump's staff. The meeting - set up by an intermediary Rob Goldstone, a music publicist - was also attended by Trump's then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who now serves as a White House senior adviser.

Legal experts have often pointed to a possible violation of federal election laws, which ban taking anything of value - which could include information on a political opponent - from a foreign government trying to influence a US election.

Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen has claimed Trump knew about the meeting ahead of time.

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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.

If Trump declines the interview and Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify, it would spark a constitutional fight in the courts, Sekulow said.

"I made a mistake in my statement", he said.

Trump's lawyers and the White House have given conflicting accounts about whether Trump was involved in crafting Donald Jr.'s response to a New York Times article last summer revealing the Trump Tower meeting with the adoptions rationale.

Trump called the reporting a "complete fabrication". Last week, Trump's national security team said Russian Federation was behind "pervasive" attempts to interfere in November 2018 congressional elections.

When the source cited by CNN expressed apparent concern about the oxygen the president is supplying to the topic, that source very well could have been expressing concern about the obstruction element.

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

Earlier on Sunday, Trump tweeted that the media were "dangerous and sick".

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