Trump tweets about secret Trump Tower meeting

President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday the infamous Trump Tower meeting that included his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner was about obtaining information on Hillary Clinton, not adoption like he previously claimed.

"I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", he said on ABC's "This Week" program, before continuing attacks on the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in US politics, a strategy Trump personally began from the time he took office.

He concluded by further distancing himself from the meeting his son arranged, writing, "I did not know about it!" Trump's former adviser Roger Stone, embroiled in his own controversy, has even tried to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his decision to meet with Russians during the campaign.

Donald Jr initially said in a statement to The New York Times that the meeting was "primarily" about American adoptions of Russian children.

In a post on Twitter, 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.

It was Trump's most direct acknowledgement that the motive for the June 2016 meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival for the presidency.

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".

In reality, numerous criminal lawyers have pointed out that colluding with a foreign power to win an election or even attempting to do so may constitute conspiracy against the United States.

The source told CNN Trump has been told his tweeting "only gives oxygen to the topic".

Trump has said similar things about the June 2016 meeting.

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Trump has stepped up his public attacks on the Mueller probe since the first trial to arise from it began last week in Alexandria, Virginia, involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

And he raged against the media's obsession with his links to Russian Federation and the status of Michael Cohen, his former fixer, who is under federal investigation in NY.

This is something Trump has said regularly about the Trump Tower meeting, and something he has re-upped now that Michael Cohen is reportedly telling people that Trump did know about it. Mueller was appointed to take over the probe after the firing.

Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday morning.

"I mean that's up to him at the end of the day, he's the president, he gets to make that decision". "They can also cause War!"

The fusillade of tweets came from Bedminster, Trump's golf course, where he is ensconced in a property that bears his name at every turn and is less checked in by staffers.

Trump is now on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf course.

In addition to the press "lid" on Trump, the White House has not scheduled a press briefing for Monday.

The admission is a significant departure from Trump's previous statements regarding the controversial meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer.

Multiple White House officials have been interviewed while still working at the White House and have remained in contact with the president.

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