Trump says his son sought information on Clinton from Russians in 2016

Trump fears his son may have inadvertently gotten into legal trouble report

In a post to his Twitter feed early Sunday morning, Trump admitted for the first time that the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting involving his son, Donald Trump Jr., and a group of Russians including a Kremlin-linked lawyer, was meant to receive opposition research on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

A letter from President Trump's legal team to Special Counsel Robert Mueller reveals the president dictated the statement on the Trump Tower meeting; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. He also said the meeting was "totally legal" and he did not know about it. Weija Jiang reports.

He concluded by further distancing himself from the meeting his son arranged, writing, "I did not know about it!"

While Trump has claimed since taking office that "no collusion" occurred between his campaign and Russia and that Mueller was conducting a "witch hunt", Trump's acceptance of Russian help has been out in the open since the final month of the 2016 campaign.

Trump, Jr. himself has offered conflicting statements about the meeting, telling Senate investigators in September that he wanted to "hear [the Russians] out" regarding their "information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate".

Since that point, it has resulted in charges against 32 individuals and three Russian companies and five guilty pleas, including those from Trump's deputy campaign chairman and his initial national security adviser.

President Donald Trump's attorney, Jay Sekulow, is blaming "bad information" on his previous claim that the president had no involvement in releasing a statement on Donald Trump Jr.

Last July, Sekulow had said the president "didn't sign off on anything" in regards to the Trump Tower meeting.

Trump then particularly went after recent reporting about Robert Mueller's probe into possible links between his campaign and Russian officials, particularly stories on how he may be concerned about his eldest son's legal exposure.

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

While "collusion" is not mentioned in US criminal statutes, Mueller is investigating whether anyone associated with Trump coordinated with the Russians, which could result in criminal charges if they entered into a conspiracy to break the law, including through cyberhacking or interfering with the election.

Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump, Jr.at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

"I don't represent Don Jr.", Sekulow said, "but I will tell you I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told that he's a target of any investigation, and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel".

"The question is what law, statue or rule or regulation's been violated?"

Following the meeting, Trump Jr. took part in three phone calls, as House Intelligence Committee Vice-Chair Adam Schiff pointed out. "I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People". Paul Manafort, who ran Trump's campaign at a crucial time leading into the Republican National Convention, is now on trial on charges concerning his previous business activities that grew out of Mueller's probe. Mueller was appointed to take over the probe after the firing. "They can also cause War!"

Before he was president, private citizen Donald Trump sat for several depositions in legal cases related to his businesses.

He described the answers as "nonresponsive", where Trump would "add things on" or "make self-serving statements" that didn't make any sense within the context of the question.

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