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United States President Donald Trump admitted on Sunday that his son, Donald Trump Jr, met a Russian attorney at Trump Tower in 2016 in order to get information on rival Hillary Clinton.

"Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower". It took place at Trump Tower and among those in attendance were Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr., Trump's then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who now serves as a White House senior adviser.

It is not the first time the president acknowledged the existence of the meeting using this line of defense, but it is the president's most blunt admission that the objective was to obtain damaging information against his then opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election. They described the statement, which had not mentioned that the Russian lawyer was expected to bring damaging information about Clinton, as "short but accurate".

Asked on Sunday why he had denied the President's involvement, one of Mr Trump's lawyers, Mr Jay Sekulow, told ABC that "I had bad information at that point".

USA media then reported that the U.S. president had been involved in the initial statement his son issued on the meeting.

He reiterated that he had no prior knowledge of the 20-minute meeting when it happened, adding that "it went nowhere".

Legal experts have often pointed to a possible violation of federal election laws, which ban taking anything of value - which could include information on a political opponent - from a foreign government trying to influence a USA election.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should "stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now", Trump claimed that "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted" and his staff members "are doing his dirty work".

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Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lead attorney for the ongoing special counsel investigation, said Monday that Trump's legal team is planning to send a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller this week that will largely rebuff Mueller's latest offer of a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice.

Trump went on to say that nothing came from the meeting. It's called opposition research or even research into your opponent. The president has been tweeting at a pretty high frequency about the Mueller investigation recently, and in part that's probably because his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is now on trial. But it is certainly the public relations campaign that Trump and his lawyers are now waging.

It was not clear where Mr Trump's theories are from but the idea of tree-clearing for fire prevention may have come from interior secretary Ryan Zinke, who advocated the idea in September. However, Trump argued collusion is totally legal.

Mr Trump's tweet, however, conflicts with a statement that Mr Trump Jr released to the New York Times last July, as the newspaper prepared to report about the meeting.

Indeed, that's been the Trump team's story.

"If it was me, as the president's son, I'd be calling my dad and said, 'Dad, don't do me many any more favors, '" said Quigley. They purposely cause great division & distrust.

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe. Trump wrote. "They are very unsafe & sick!"


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