Trump's latest assertion on Twitter that the objective of the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Natalia Vasalnitskaya was to "get information on an opponent" but that it was "totally legal" and "done all the time" has provoked forceful condemnations, including from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), who appeared on CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett to discuss the matter.
President Donald Trump admitted during an impassioned Twitter rant on Sunday that his son's controversial meeting with a Russian attorney during the 2016 campaign was, in fact, an attempt to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Rudy Giuliani, the top lawyer on President Trump's legal team, said on Monday that they hope to send special counsel Robert Mueller a letter that would largely turn down a meeting that would include "any questions about obstruction".
"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", Trump tweeted from his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey.
KEITH: Both. Obviously if you are investigating Russian interference in the presidential election and you have actual Russian agents at Trump Tower meeting with a presidential campaign, the Trump campaign, that is something that investigators would want to explore.
"Trump says son's Trump Tower meeting with Russians meant to "get information" on Clinton".
Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, responded to the president's tweet Sunday himself via Twitter, saying Russians offered damaging information on Mrs. Clinton and his campaign accepted their help.
The younger Trump said "I love it" when offered the "dirt" on Mrs Clinton.
He was responding to a Washington Post report over the weekend that although he does not think his eldest son intentionally broke the law, he is anxious that Mr Trump Jr may have unintentionally stumbled into legal jeopardy and is embroiled in Mr Mueller's investigation largely because of his connection to the President.
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A credible vote is crucial to the lifting of global sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe so that its collapsed economy can recover. The EU mission questioned why presidential votes were counted first but were being announced last.
Trump's July 2017 comments came before we knew he was involved in drafting that initial misleading response; now Trump is in the public record as having authored it.
He reiterated that he had no prior knowledge of the 20-minute meeting when it happened, adding that "it went nowhere".
"Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don Jr attended in order to get info on an opponent", Mr Trump tweeted.
The New York Times reported last month that Mueller has been reviewing Trump's tweets as part of his probe into whether the President obstructed justice. In politics, that's called opposition research. The president has been tweeting at a pretty high frequency about the Mueller investigation recently, and in part that's probably because his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is now on trial. It was later described in the offer as, quote, "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". Federal campaign finance law makes it illegal for a campaign to accept a "thing of value", such as a financial contribution, from foreign nationals.
While candidates have traditionally feared an "October surprise" that could blow up their campaigns at the last minute, the growth of early voting means that bombshell news that hits anytime between September and November 6 could change the election outcome, said Capri Cafaro, who teaches in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University.
Meanwhile, Trump has been told by aides and lawyers to stop tweeting because he's he's setting himself up for a disaster.
He defended calling the media "The Enemy of the People", and said journalists "purposely cause great division and distrust" and can "cause War!"
It's unclear whether Trump's latest admission will affect Mueller's probe in any way.