Washington: The Republican president had previously said the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children by Americans. Trump`s morning Twitter post was his most direct statement on the purpose of the meeting, though his son and others have said it was to gather damaging information on the Democratic candidate.
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.
He repeated that he had not known about the meeting in advance. “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” Trump said.
Damaging information on Clinton
- An email released by Donald Jr. himself showed he had been keen on the meeting because his campaign was being offered potentially damaging info on Clinton.
- An email released by Donald Jr. himself showed he had been keen on the meeting because his father`s campaign was being offered potentially damaging information on Clinton.
- Donald Jr. said later he realised the meeting was primarily aimed at lobbying against the 2012 Magnitsky case.
- Michael Cohen, the president`s longtime personal lawyer, was willing to tell Mueller that Trump did know about the Trump Tower meeting in advance.
- President Trump has repeatedly denied that his campaign worked with Moscow, saying “No Collusion!”
‘Trump behaves like a street-fighter’
- China’s official newspaper on Monday accused the US President of acting like a street fighter by imposing import tariffs and said Beijing would not surrender to his “extortion”.
- An editorial of People’s Daily, said that the US President was starring in his own “street fighter-style deceitful drama of extortion and intimidation”. It also said that diplomacy has been reduced to a “trading game in which everyone should follow the rule of America.”
- While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller could bring conspiracy charges if he finds that any campaign member worked with Russia to break US law.
- Trump`s lawyers and the White House have given conflicting accounts about whether Trump was involved in crafting Donald Jr.`s response to a NYT article.
(With agency inputs)