Dem: Optics of Trump Tower meeting ‘absolutely horrifying’

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U.S. President Donald Trump, in the midst of a working vacation, unleashed a new barrage of attacks on the national news media Sunday, saying it was "very risky & sick!"

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.

"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics", the president said.

President Donald Trump singles out the media during his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pa.

CNN in July reported that Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, is prepared to testify that Trump had prior knowledge of the meeting.

Trump also denied reports in the Washington Post and CNN that he was concerned his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., could be in legal trouble because of the meeting with the Russians, including a lawyer with Kremlin ties.

USA commentators have argued that Mr Trump's new admission that the meeting was to gain information about Mrs Clinton shows that the earlier statement was misleading.

Trump's admission through Twitter on Sunday about the objective behind the 2016 Trump Tower meeting was the latest step in the long-evolving story from Trump, Trump Jr. and the President's legal team. Others have said the meeting could provide clues to a broader conspiracy by Trump officials with Russians. She also posited that the president's claim on Twitter that he was not aware of the Trump Tower meeting could be inessential to Mueller's probe in the light of the "false" statement from past year that claimed the meeting's goal was to discuss the adoption of Russian children. "Because they're hitting you on that for contradictions--I mean, they're calling it worse than contradictions obviously".

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"The president can't distinguish between any allegations of conspiracy against his campaign and the broader problem of Russian Federation continuing to interfere in our elections", Schiff said on CBS's "Face the Nation". "I did not know about it!" the president tweeted Sunday morning.

"Citing multiple sources, the Times reports that Trump Jr". The veracity of which is challenged by campaign finance law that states it is illegal for a foreign national to "directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value".

Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow initially claimed that Trump was not involved in crafting Trump Jr.'s misleading statement.

"We have to make a decision based on the law and what's best for our client", said Sekulow, adding that it will take time to make that determination.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani also told Talking Points Memo in June that it was the legal team's "final position" that Trump was behind the statement.

Sekulow said that the president had the authority under Article II of the US Constitution to stop any investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. "They are very risky & sick!"

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe.

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