Friday, 17 November, 2017

Trump lawyer: 'if Russia meeting nefarious, why did Secret Service allow it?'

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Theresa Hayes | 18 July, 2017, 04:47

On Meet the Press, Warner pointed out that the president's failure to admit that the Russians "attacked" the United States makes it hard to mount a "whole of government response".

President Trump qualifying that Don Jr. met with a "Russian lawyer".

The White House has found itself unable to take control of the narrative, with new revelations coming nearly daily, and several government staff members unaware of the full details.

The June 2016 meeting, which Donald Trump Jr. agreed to organize after he was told that a representative of the Russian government would provide the campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton, has become a focal point of ongoing scrutiny into the president's campaign's relationship with Russia. Trump, Jr., later released emails showing that he was promised that this was part of the Russian government's support for his father's campaign.

There are now several congressional panels and a federal special counsel investigating allegations Russian Federation meddled in the election.

Trump also continued his broadside of the news media in his Sunday morning tweets, claiming without providing evidence that news agencies use phony unnamed sources in their stories.

He also suggested that as the Secret Service allowed the meeting to take place it was not "nefarious". Sekulow told ABC's Jon Karl. "So again, I raise that question, by the way, with former director Comey because that's the basis upon which all that started".

Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, said Friday that Trump Jr. had not disclosed all the facts of the meeting because it "concerns events that occurred 13 months ago that were considered insignificant at the time and essentially forgotten".

Trump commending Don Jr.'s "transparency" is even a bigger joke now.

On Radio Times Monday, host Marty Moss-Coane was joined by two legal experts who said the meeting was not business as usual.

The White House is mounting a public and legal defense of Donald Trump Jr. in preparation for a Capitol Hill showdown that could come as early as this week.

Donald Trump's lawyer has insisted that a meeting between the President's eldest son and Russian nationals during last year's election was not illegal.

Jay Sekulow, one of Donald Trump's top attorneys working on the Russian Federation scandal, appeared on all five Sunday morning public-affairs shows yesterday, mostly sticking to a fairly predictable script.

Trump thanked former campaign adviser Michael Caputo in a tweet "for saying so powerfully that there was no Russian collusion in our winning campaign". Bodies including both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Department of Justice in the form of a Special Prosecutor are looking into the matter.

Warner said he wanted to hear from everyone who attended the June 2016 meeting.

Separately, the campaign also paid more than $538,000 to Jones Day, the law firm that represented Trump's campaign during the election.