In a tweet, the US president pinned his favorite target, the general media described as “false information”: “The ‘Fake News’ reports, a pure invention, that I am worried about the meeting that my wonderful son, Donald, had it at the Trump Tower “in June 2016.
“It was a meeting to get information about an opponent, it’s totally legal, and it’s all the time in politics – and it did not get anywhere. I did not know it! “, He says.
This is the first time that the Republican President has also clearly evoked the purpose of the meeting. When an intermediary had promised him compromising information allegedly coming from the Russian government on Hillary Clinton, his son Donald Trump Jr. had enthusiastically agreed to meet Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
The lawyer later denied having links with the Kremlin. Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort were also present at the Trump Tower meeting.
Mr. Manafort is currently on trial for bank and tax fraud, facts uncovered by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller during his investigation into Russian interference and suspicions of collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Moscow.
The entourage of Mr. Trump has advanced several versions since the existence of this meeting was revealed in the press a year ago.
His son had initially claimed that it had focused on a dispute between Washington and Moscow regarding child adoptions. But since he admitted his political content, the president’s lawyers are hammering it out: the meeting was not illegal, nothing came out and Donald Trump was not aware of the meeting before it was place.
Trump reaffirmed last week that he did not know anything about this meeting. An argument that does not convince the Democrats. “You … cheated the country on the purpose of the Trump Tower meeting when it was revealed. Now you say you did not know before (it takes place). None of this is normal or credible, “Adam Schiff, the number two intelligence committee in the House of Representatives, tweeted on Twitter on Twitter.
The president’s lawyers repeat that the Trump Tower meeting, as such, did not violate any law. “The question is, in what way would it be illegal?” Said one of these lawyers, Jay Sekulow, on Sunday. “What law, what provision, what rule, what regulation have they been violated?”