Donald Trump jr claims he did not tell his father about his meeting with a Russian lawyer past year.
“Number one, as I said, the President was not aware of (Donald Trump Jr.’s) meeting, did not attend the meeting, and was only aware of the emails very recently by counsel, and had not seen the emails”.
On Wednesday morning (Thursday NZT), Trump tweeted that his son was “open, transparent and innocent”, again referring to the investigation as “the greatest Witch Hunt in political history”.
Another word that keeps coming up in connection with any Trump family scandal is impeachment, but Smith says this really isn’t likely.
In the second statement on Sunday, Trump Jr. confirmed that in the meeting, the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, said she “had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton”, but claimed the information never came to light. The statement called the period of May to early June 2016 “an intensely busy time” for Trump Jr.
“Instead of welcoming information from the Russian government, the Trump team should have immediately notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I think if we’re looking at Russian Federation relations with anybody, it would be directly with the Clintons”. Dianne Feinstein are working closely on it. “And, as we have said, she had no information to provide and wanted to talk about adoption policy and the Magnitsky Act”.
“Don was an asset to the campaign, a sportsman, an entrepreneur, a guy’s guy”, said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign adviser. But he said the Russian leader would have preferred to have his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton in the White House.
Several Trump associates have given incomplete or inaccurate accounts of whether they had contacts with Russian officials or people with ties to the Kremlin.
“All of it”, Trump Jr. said.
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government’s support for Mr. Trump”.
The Kremlin said it was unaware of the meeting, as Vladimir Putin’s spokesman told reporters that the Russian government “cannot keep track of every Russian lawyer and their meetings domestically or overseas”. He released the messages on Twitter after the New York Times said it planned to write about them and sought comment from him.
Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is married to daughter Ivanka Trump, also failed to disclose contacts with Russian Federation when seeking his security clearance, the New York Times reported in April.
“What criminal statute, what civil statute, has been violated?” However, Priebus has been a frequent target of criticism for months and even those taking aim at him now said it did not appear as though a shakeup was on the horizon. I remind my colleagues from both parties-the Constitution does not give Congress the right to remain silent in the face of this threat. On Tuesday, Trump Jr. defended his actions saying he wanted to hear what the Russian lawyer had to say about Clinton. The Clinton campaign chairman’s brother lobbied against sanctions on Russia’s largest bank and failed to report it. “This [was] pre-Russia mania”, Trump Jr. told Hannity. Despite asserting that he asked “every question that I can think of, ” he didn’t pin Trump down on his constantly evolving statements about why he met with Veselnitskaya in the first place.
“And he would love for us to be focused on things, like the economy, on healthcare, on tax reform, on infrastructure”.