Trump acknowledges objective of meeting with Russian lawyer

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Trump Jr.is a subject in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia's investigation for his role in a meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The president also said in his tweet Sunday that the Trump Tower meeting was "to get information on an opponent", which is a departure from the initial statement that asserted that the primary objective of the meeting was to discuss the issue of adoptions. "I did not know about it!" John TrumpTrump Jr. backs Wyoming businessman in gubernatorial primary Obama ethics czar pushes back on Trump: Meetings to get dirt on political opponent do not "happen all the time" Trump lawyer Sekulow downplays potential Trump Tower meeting violations MORE's Trump Tower meeting with a Russian attorney are "absolutely terrifying and very disturbing".

The president's tweet about the meeting was one in a thread in which he reiterated criticism of Mueller, calling his probe "the most one sided witch hunt in the history of our country" peppered with "lies and corruption".

It was later reported that was false and the president was involved in constructing his son's misleading statement.

"They're talking about this blue wave", Trump said referring to way Democrats are depicted on electoral maps.

While originally Trump, a Republican, said the meeting was about adoptions, on Sunday he said on Twitter that it was about getting information on Clinton.

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Young Trump responded "I love it" when first offered the "dirt" on Clinton, the Democratic nominee. The meeting - set up by an intermediary Rob Goldstone, a music publicist - was also attended by Trump's then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who now serves as a White House senior adviser.

The meeting gained renewed attention when the president's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen said Trump actually knew about the meeting in advance, which was contrary to what Trump and his son Donald Jr. had said.

He later admitted he accepted the meeting with Veselnitskaya in hopes of obtaining damaging information on Clinton, but said nothing came of it.

Trump, his son, his lawyers and other administration officials have repeatedly said Trump did not know about the now infamous meeting, until news of it broke in July 2017. Trump's legal team defended the statement as "short but accurate" in a letter sent to Mueller in January, as quoted in the New York Times.

Later White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said the president weighed in, but didn't dictate a statement released in July 2017 on the meeting, which said the get-together was focused on Russian adoptions. "And so the ability for his attorneys to be able to make the arguments they need to make on his behalf, as I've told him for a long time, is what he should permit them to do". The President's lawyers had previously offered the special counsel written answers to obstruction questions and limiting the interview to matters before his presidential inauguration, which are largely confined to collusion.

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