Trump attacks report that he’s anxious about son’s exposure to Mueller inquiry

06 August, 2018, 07:11 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Trump fears his son may have inadvertently gotten into legal trouble report

The Washington Post reported that Trump had expressed concerns in the past week about his son Donald Trump Jr's legal exposure from the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. He also said the meeting was "totally legal" and he did not know about it. Weija Jiang reports.

He said that Trump's legal team is inclined "at this point" to advise Trump not to agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Veselnitskaya wanted the meeting so they could talk about lifting Russian adoptions and possibly lifting sanctions if Trump were to win the election, while Trump Jr. expected useful information against Clinton.

And as Trump and his allies have tried to discredit the probe, a new talking point has emerged: that even if that meeting was held to collect damaging information, none was provided and "collusion" - Trump's go-to description of what Mueller is investigating - never occurred.

President Donald Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow, is blaming "bad information" on his previous claim that the president had no involvement in releasing a statement on Donald Trump Jr.

"I had bad information at the time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow said Sunday, noting that he had only been working for Trump a short time when he made the misstatement a year ago.

Trump has denied knowing about the meeting before it happened.

Sunday's tweet appears to acknowledge that the meeting was actually predicated on opposition research: "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent".

The infamous meeting was thrust back into the spotlight last month after Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, alleged Trump approved the meeting.

Russian Federation has denied allegations by United States intelligence agencies that it meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt.


"The question is, how would it be illegal?" he asked.

Trump Jr. and his attorney have insisted he has always told the truth.

Lawyers described the statement as "short but accurate", according to The Post.

Sekulow added that he has "no knowledge" of the president's son testifying to the special counsel's grand jury or being told that he is a "target", which is an official designation the Justice Department would use to tell someone that they are likely to be indicted.

Trump earlier in the day tweeted that the Trump Tower meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr.

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. The president told confidants that he doesn't believe that his son purposefully or knowingly broke any law, however he may have wandered into a legal mess.

'The question is what law, statute or rule or regulation's been violated?

The federal tax and bank fraud charges Manafort faces are not related to the Trump campaign but Manafort's close relations with Russians and a Kremlin-backed Ukrainian politician are under scrutiny in the trial. Mueller was appointed to take over the probe after the firing.

Both the Washington Post and Tapper have reported that Trump is indeed increasingly anxious about, as Tapper said today, Junior's "legal exposure getting in the Mueller probe".

Recommended:

  • China Imposes $60B Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S.

    China Imposes $60B Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S.

    An all-out trade war could overshadow Trump's otherwise solid economic record of low unemployment and stimulus-fuelled growth. China's finance authority released new sets of tariffs on 5,207 good imported from the US , ranging from 5 to 25 percent.
    Colorado police fatally shoot armed homeowner who killed intruder

    Colorado police fatally shoot armed homeowner who killed intruder

    The police department said it would be holding a news conference later this week to give more information about the incident. APD confirmed that the juvenile inside of the home sustained non-life-threatening injuries from the deceased intruder.
    Donald Trump says he had ‘very nasty’ relationship with special counsel

    Donald Trump says he had ‘very nasty’ relationship with special counsel

    She noted, in addition, that "collusion" with the Russians could be a type of criminal conspiracy - which certainly is a crime. Legal experts say Giuliani and Trump have a point: there is no federal law or statue making campaign collusion a crime.
  • Public health officials warn of increased West Nile activity

    Public health officials warn of increased West Nile activity

    The West Nile virus is a life-threatening disease that is contracted through an infected mosquito bite. She also said that the symptoms are the same as that of Japanese Encephalitis or Meningitis.
    Ron DeSantis: Donald Trump endorsement 'separates the wheat from the chaff'

    Ron DeSantis: Donald Trump endorsement 'separates the wheat from the chaff'

    The 30-second ad focuses on Trump's endorsement of DeSantis and makes light of how DeSantis believes in Trump's core promises. Trump claimed that Americans must present voter ID for "everything" other than voting, the Associated Press reported.

    North Korea said to be working on new missiles

    A truck and trailer similar to ones used in the past to move missiles was seen in one satellite photo, said the official. The factory reportedly produced two ICBMs, including the Hwasong-15 - a missile capable of reaching the US East Coast.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $5 Billion Apology Tour

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $5 Billion Apology Tour

    While Musk flaunted plans to get Tesla's fiscal house in order, he also might end up raising some capital after all. Tesla said its capital expenses would be slightly below $2.5 billion in 2018, less than last year's $3.4 billion.
    Zimbabwean leader appeals for calm after election violence

    Zimbabwean leader appeals for calm after election violence

    Both the opposition and Western election observers have urged that presidential election results be released as soon as possible. Three people died from confrontation between the army and MDC Alliance supporters demanding their candidate be declared victor .
    More than three quarters of votes counted, results expected from 3pm- ZEC

    More than three quarters of votes counted, results expected from 3pm- ZEC

    Africanews journalist Nyasha Mutizwa is from Zimbabwe and she's has been following up on the polls with our men on the ground. Estimated turnout was about 75% before polls closed on Monday evening after a peaceful day of voting.
  • States plus DC Plan Suit against Trump's Emissions Rule Rollback

    States plus DC Plan Suit against Trump's Emissions Rule Rollback

    California has had its standards for decades, a power granted by Congress. Toyota Motor Corp would save $34 billion and Volkswagen AG $20 billion.
    Chrissy Teigen has some thoughts about Meghan Markle's dad

    Chrissy Teigen has some thoughts about Meghan Markle's dad

    For their first summer, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be spending few weeks together before heading on to join the Queen . The Duchess and I had a chat about the recent referendum - she watched with interest and was pleased with the result".
    Polar bear killed after attacking Arctic cruise ship guard

    Polar bear killed after attacking Arctic cruise ship guard

    And despite the fact that the polar bear injured the guard, Twitter is furious that a threatened species was killed . He explained that usually, if a wild bear is seen, guards "shoot into the air" to scare the animal away.


Popular

Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9 Percent
Small businesses (one to 49 employees) grew by 52,000 jobs, while large businesses (500 employees or more) gained 48,000 jobs. The economy expanded at a 4.1 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the strongest showing in almost four years.

Vintage plane's crash in Switzerland killed all 20 on board, police say
The cause of crash is now being investigated by the Federal Prosecutor's Office, in partnership with local Swiss authorities. JU-Air runs a small fleet of four Junker planes, all built in 1939 and operated by ex-military and professional pilots.

Sarri not happy with Willian's delayed Chelsea return
Maurizio Sarri seems impressed by Hudson-Odoi and has stated that the player will be a part of the side for the upcoming campaign. The winger joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015 and has won the Premier League and FA Cup with the club.

Lala Anthony Reportedly Starring As Kiki In Drake's "In My Feelings" Video
In hundreds of such videos that have surfaced on the internet, people are seen crashing into poles and tripping on potholes. The Gujarat police on Tuesday warned people not to take the "Kiki Challenge" which is going viral on social media.

Koch network says it isn't backing GOP candidate in key Senate race
The group said it still plans to focus its resources on helping Republican senate candidates in Tennessee, Florida and Wisconsin. Charles Koch, the chairman and CEO of the industrial conglomerate Koch Industries, oversees the network of about 700 donors.

Apple is the first $1 trillion company in history
As Bloomberg pointed out , the number of shares outstanding has been falling about 1.3% per quarter as Apple buys back its shares. Amazon's market cap stands at around $877 million, while Alphabet's is $851 million and Microsoft is worth about $822 million.

International Freedom Flotilla members remain detained by Israel
An activist group affiliated with the boat, the Al-Awda (The Return), said 22 people and a cargo of medical supplies were onboard. Local Palestinian reacted to the arrests by rioting, which were met with standard crowd disbursement methods by Israeli forces.

Kavanaugh Meets With First Senate Dem Willing to Speak With Him
Wade, the 1973 decision recognizing a woman's right to have an abortion. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced on Monday that the nominee has his support.

Paul Manafort's bank fraud trial begins in Virginia
Giuliani said he and Jay Sekulow, another Trump lawyer, had told the president: "This would be a very bad thing to do now". Some documents are necessary to show Manafort's connections with those consultants, prosecutors say.

Thousands have already downloaded plans to 3-D print an AR-15
Cody Wilson, founder of Defence Distributed, first published downloadable designs for a 3D-printed firearm in 2013. State Department, his company can begin releasing computer files for printable guns beginning on August 1.