As he said last week at a news conference in Paris, Trump said on Twitter on Monday morning that "most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent".
He accused the president's son, Donald Jr, of lying about the meeting, which was supposedly arranged because the Russian lawyer had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. "The President had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me", said Sekulow. "The president was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement".
Veselnitskaya has ties to Fusion GPS, which has stated it had no knowledge of her meeting with Trump Jr. He said he has had no meetings, was aware of no meetings with Russians, was not aware of this one until really right before it all broke. But there was nothing illegal to cover up.
"Donald Trump Jr., himself said things should've been done differently".
But observers - including the President's pick for FBI Director, Christopher Wray - have said that anyone who is approached by a hostile government for opposition research should contact the FBI rather than take the meeting. If there isn't, then I don't think it is. "It was in days before leading up to this matter".
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NBC News has reported that more people were present at that meeting, including a translator, and Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counter-intelligence officer. Trump wrote, adding: "With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!"
Among the ongoing investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the USA presidential election is a probe into Trump's team's links with Moscow-something the president has repeatedly denied. Russian Federation denies the allegations, and Trump says there was no collusion.
Akhmetshin was said to have a relationship with Russian intelligence, a claim he dismissed as a libel campaign.
According to Trump Jr., his father did not know about the sit-down.