The president's attorney, Jay Sekulow, said in an interview with NBC's "Today" that Trump Jr. did not violate any laws by accepting the meeting. He said the president had not been aware of Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting and didn't find out about his son's email exchange until "very recently". "It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent", Trump said.
The U.S. leader also took a dig at his Democratic campaign rival Hillary Clinton, saying Putin would have been much happier with her as president because she wouldn't have spent as much on the U.S. military as he plans to. "Zero happened from the meeting".
Besides, Russians are now more inclined to have a soft spot for the White House occupant, as in July, the number of those giving a positive answer to the relevant question reached 27% (as compared with 13% in April), while the number of respondents disliking Trump declined from 39% to 22%.
"Any threat or effort to interfere with our elections from any nation-state or any non-state actor", Wray said, "is the kind of thing the Federal Bureau of Investigation would want to know".
To senators seeking reassurances after Trump fired James Comey over his handling of the Russian Federation investigation, Wray pledged to stand up against any inappropriate pressure from the White House. Witnesses who refuse to comply with subpoenas risk being held in contempt.
Trump Jr.'s actions amounted to taking "fruit from the poisonous tree", Pelosi said. Trump Jr. wrote back, "if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".
U.S. President Donald Trump, who is fighting off allegations of ties between his election campaign and Moscow, said he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House but added that now was not the right time for that.
Trump's comments are based on a story by The Hill published earlier Thursday. A spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee said the letter hasn't been sent. After all, who among us wouldn't jump at the chance to hear intelligence the Russians dug up in an attempt to influence the USA election in our favor? For the past several months, Trump has been irritated that McGahn could not make the investigations into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation disappear - even after Trump hired his own personal legal team for the Russian Federation questions and McGahn was no longer working on the issue.
"Republicans in Congress have become enablers of the Trump-Russia assault on our democracy", Pelosi said. But committee chairman, Republican Sen.
Sanders raised yet another question by pointing to the Clinton campaign's work with Ukraine in order to get damaging info on Trump. The message seems to be that Trump Jr.is inexperienced and was taken advantage of.
The part in the email chain where Rob Goldstone tells Trump Jr. that the "crown prosecutor" of Russian Federation met with Trump's friend Aras Agalarov to offer him incriminating information about Clinton, adding, "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump" suggests that's not the case. "Also, somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the county was approved by Attorney General Lynch", Trump said. The report states that Veselnitskaya was granted access "for the limited objective of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Department asset forfeiture case in federal court in New York City". The government, the lawyer said, "made the further accommodation of allowing his Russian lawyer into the country to assist". He was in the Don Jr meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya; he's had other meetings with shady Russians, from ambassador Sergei Kislyak to the head of a state-owned Russian bank; he allegedly proposed a back channel to Moscow using the Russian embassy so that us intelligence wouldn't know what was said; the digital operation he ran for the campaign is now being scrutinized for possible coordination with Russia; and somehow he failed to disclose much of this when filling out the forms for his security clearance. And that's why I say, Why would he want me?
Trump seems to have grown tired of this barrage of coverage, which has tainted both his credibility and the Trump campaign's repeated denials that they knew anything about the Kremlin's efforts to help their man win the 2016 election. There's a "no" box checked. A department spokesman said Sessions had been told that routine encounters as part of Sessions' Senate duties didn't have to be included on the form.style="text-align: center;"