"The question is, how would it be illegal?" he asked.
"Donald Trump is every attorney's worst nightmare", said Rick Wilson, a Republican political consultant and prominent Trump critic.
"The question is what law, statue or rule or regulation's been violated?" This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere.
Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks during an interview in Moscow, Nov. 8, 2016.
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. Veselnitskaya wanted the meeting so they could talk about lifting Russian adoptions and possibly lifting sanctions if Trump were to win the election, while Trump Jr. expected useful information against Clinton.
On Sunday, Trump also defended tariffs he has imposed on imports into the U.S. "I had bad information at that point".
He added that just because he got it wrong, it doesn't mean there was wrongdoing. "So I think it's very important to point out that in a situation like this, you have - over time, facts develop", Sekulow said.
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And the Italian manager wanted to reunite with Higuain at Chelsea , only for Pipita to ditch him to stay in Italy. "First of all it was Leonardo who convinced me with the very nice things he said about me", Higuain said.
That is a far different explanation than Trump gave 13 months ago, when a statement dictated by the president but released under the name of Donald Trump Jr., read: "We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago".
Sekulow said that the president had the authority under Article II of the U.S. Constitution to stop any investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. Now you say you didn't know in advance.
"The president has been clear that he wants to interview", he said.
He said Mueller's team could seek the subpoena, but the matter of using a subpoena to compel live testimony from the president hasn't been tested in the courts.
Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed the investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election. Sekulow also raised the point that Mueller applied to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director - a job he held under previous administrations - and was turned down before being appointed special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "Now, that's a different statement than saying that there's proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal conspiracy", Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking member Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" show on Sunday.
Throughout that October, Trump cited emails disseminated by WikiLeaks on a near daily basis ― even though he began receiving briefings in August 2016 that told him that USA intelligence agencies had determined those emails had been stolen by Russian spies.
Trump called the Post report "a complete fabrication".
Amid public uproar over the meeting, the president's son was forced to releasefollow-up statements, ultimately acknowledging that the meeting's true objective had been to get dirt about Hillary Clinton from a lawyer he had been told was working for the Russian government.