Donald Trump defends Donald Trump Jr. Trump Tower meeting

Trump acknowledges purpose of meeting with Russian lawyer

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", Trump tweeted from his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey.

Manafort is now on trial for unrelated bank and tax fraud charges as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and Sekulow said that to his knowledge, Trump Jr.is not the target of a federal probe stemming from the meeting.

He said reports that he is concerned about the 2016 meeting his son had in Trump Tower are "fake news". "Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam", Trump said of Cohen.

Mueller is in the midst of a 15-month investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, Trump campaign ties to Russia and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.

Later, Donald Jr said he had accepted the meeting hoping to get dirt on Mrs Clinton but he said nothing came of it.

One part of the inquiry has focussed on a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower in NY between Donald Jr., other campaign aides and a group of Russians.

Trump Jr.'s testimony to Congress contained a similar defense as his father's Sunday tweet, indicating that he saw no reason not to accept a meeting that could yield important information about Clinton, even though he was told that it was part of an effort by the government of a hostile power.

The president's lawyers argue that the meeting, in and of itself, violated no laws.

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Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday there is "plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight" regarding the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The Post had reported that the statement to The Times was dictated by the president, though at the time Trump's lawyers denied his involvement.

Political campaigns routinely pursue opposition research on their opponents, but not with foreign representatives from a country viewed as an adversary.

Trump, however, has maintained he had no prior knowledge about the meeting. "So I think it's very important to point out that in a situation like this, you have - over time, facts develop", Sekulow said.

The president's attorneys at first denied Trump's involvement in drafting the response to the Times, but months later, in a letter meant to explain why Mueller should not interview Trump, they agreed that the president had, in fact, been the author of the statement.

Mr Trump's latest tweet appears to contradict a previous statement from the Trump camp about the meeting.

These are all significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government. They purposely cause great division & distrust.

Trump might as well have just confirmed The Post's report that he is anxious about what the meeting portends for his son.

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