Trump says his son sought information on Clinton from Russians in 2016

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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.

And nothing better demonstrates this than his complete about-face on the objective of his eldest son's 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a lawyer linked to the Russian government.

"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere", Trump tweeted. I did not know about it!'

President Donald Trump has for the first time acknowledged that a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower was the latter.

Trump's morning Twitter post was his most direct statement on the goal of the meeting, though his son and others have said it was to gather damaging information on the Democratic candidate.

CNN reported last week that Mueller has offered to reduce the number of obstruction-related questions Trump would be asked by investigators.

Sekulow, repeating the recent mantra of Trump's legal team and of the president himself, said there "has been no evidence at this point of any type of collusion by the president". Mr. Trump has repeatedly denied that members of his campaign colluded with the Russians.

Napolitano said that federal law prohibits "receipt" of information or anything of value by Americans involved in a campaign from foreign individuals or entities.

Trump Jr. had also previously claimed that he had never participated in any such meeting at all.

Abrams also said that Trump's Sunday tweet could be additional fodder for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign participated in a criminal conspiracy with Russian Federation to rig the 2016 presidential election.

"So when you look at a meeting - when you look at a meeting, George, that took place in - a - a year before the (ph) - now two years ago, the question is what law, statute or rule or regulation's been violated?"

"I'm sure that Rudy Giuliani spends big chunks of his days chain-smoking cigarettes, white-knuckling it, just hoping another tweet doesn't show up", Goldberg said on air.

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

While "collusion" is not mentioned in USA criminal statutes, Mueller is investigating whether anyone associated with Trump coordinated with the Russians, which could result in criminal charges if they entered into a conspiracy to break the law, including through cyberhacking or interfering with the election.

Later Sunday, Jay Sekulow, one of the president's lawyers, defended the 2016 meeting. "In agreeing to the meeting, the younger Trump told Goldstone, "(I) f it's what you say I love it".

In one tweet, he declared the media the "Enemy of the People" and accused outlets of sowing division and distrust. "They can also cause War!" And at a trio of rallies, he escalated his already vitriolic rhetoric toward the media, savaging the press for unflattering coverage and, he feels, bias.

The President was advised that his tweeting only gives oxygen to the topic, even if those around Trump do not believe there is any truly new development.

He called the "Fake" media "very risky and sick". The statement that was released Saturday was released by Donald Trump Jr., I'm sure in consultation with his lawyers.

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