It is a first time Trump has said that there was Russian interference in the presidential polls, but alleged they colluded with the Hillary Campaign and not his team, as his detractors have been alleging.
In an angry tweet from his New Jersey golf club, where Trump is having an extended vacation he is calling a "working session", Trump fired off missives about the meeting, the news media and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. "It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent", according to NPR. Betraying no surprise or misgivings about the offer from a hostile foreign power, Trump Jr. replied: "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".
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. The adoption excuse was contradicted by emails that showed music publicist Rob Goldstone promised political dirt, not an adoption talk. Goldstone represented the Russian pop singer Emin Agalarov, whose father is a real estate developer with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
She added: "When you get up into the government there is so many cover-ups and things that the public just doesn't know about", she said.
Sekulow, however, declined to say whether Trump would declassify and release Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation documents now sought by House investigators through subpoenas related to possible anti-Trump bias and the Russian Federation probe.
Giuliani told The Hill the Trump team was not going to agree to all of Mueller's requests, but insisted, "we're not giving them a straight turndown".
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As the case against his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort addresses, Trumps outbursts may continue.
Once those emails were released, Trump and his team had little choice but to say the meeting's goal was to get dirt on Clinton, even if they claimed Veselnitskaya didn't bring any with her and instead focused on Russia's halt in the USA adoption of Russian children in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the U.S.
In January this year, Trump lawyers John Dowd and Sekulow wrote to Mueller, in part, that "the president dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump Jr". News of the meeting broke out in July 2017. It may not be so cut and dried. "Willfully soliciting a foreign contribution is a crime", Rick Hasen, a campaign finance expert and law professor at the University of California, Irvine, said in a statement.
The Times reported that the president "signed off" on his son's statement, but Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, repeatedly denied that through the rest of that month. "The question is: How would it be illegal?" "Nobody's pointed to one". On Wednesday, he tweeted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions - who recused himself past year from all matters related to the Justice Department investigation - should "stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further". On Sunday, Trump again suggested without evidence that Mueller was biased against him, declaring, "This is the most one sided Witch Hunt in the history of our country".
It's unclear whether Trump's latest admission will affect Mueller's probe in any way.
Sunday's tweet was Trump's clearest statement yet on the goal of the meeting, which has become a focal point of Mueller's investigation even as the president and his lawyers try to downplay its significance and pummel the Mueller probe with attacks.