Trump admits son met Russian to get dirt on Clinton

Donald Trump's friendliness with Russia's President Vladimir Putin has mystified Western observers

President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday the infamous Trump Tower meeting that included his son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner was about obtaining information on Hillary Clinton, not adoption like he previously claimed.

Trump tweeted that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.

It is his most direct statement so far on the reason for Donald Trump Jr's meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

That misleading statement, which the White House later admitted was drafted with the president's help, said the Trump Tower meeting was about a law governing adoptions from Russian Federation rather than a meeting to get negative information about Clinton.

Donald Trump Jr. stands onstage with his father then-presidential nominee Donald Trump after a debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, in September 2016.

The U-turn was the USA president's clearest acknowledgement that the June 2016 meeting was aimed at getting damaging information on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. "Did I meet with people that were Russian?"

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".

"The question is what law, statute or rule or regulation has been violated, and nobody has pointed to one", said Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's attorneys, on ABC's "This Week".

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

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A day later, the paper reported that Trump Jr. was promised damaging information about Clinton at the meeting.

In that statement, Trump Jr. indicated that the meeting had been "primarily" about the issue of the adoption of Russian children by Americans.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating United States intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the election in Trump's favour.

"They're talking about this blue wave", Trump said referring to way Democrats are depicted on electoral maps.

He said he and other Trump lawyers have been discussing the details of a draft version of the letter in recent days and hope to send it to Mueller "sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday". "If this goes all the way up to this Supreme Court. this Supreme Court seems to make its decisions based on what Donald Trump and the Republican Party want, as opposed to precedents or the Constitution".

Fox News national security strategist Sebastian Gorka reacts to media frenzy over Trump Tower meeting on 'Hannity'.

It is common for U.S. politicians to research their opponents during a campaign.

'They purposely cause great division & distrust.

"If the special council makes the determination and gets the authority, and that's a question, they have to have the authority to seek that subpoena", he added. They can also cause War!' "They are very unsafe & sick!"

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