Trump would fight any U.S. special counsel subpoena in court: president's lawyer

Trump would fight any U.S. special counsel subpoena in court: president's lawyer

That's key to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump's admission through Twitter on Sunday about the objective behind the 2016 Trump Tower meeting was the latest step in the long-evolving story from Trump, Trump Jr. and the President's legal team.

It is not the first time the president acknowledged the existence of the meeting using this line of defense, but it is the president's most blunt admission that the goal was to obtain damaging information against his then opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election.

Betraying no surprise or misgivings about the offer from a hostile foreign power, Trump Jr. replied: 'If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer'.

Trump has denied he had any prior knowledge of the meeting and repeated that claim on Sunday. The Russian attorney at that meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has close ties to the Kremlin.

The president admitted that the goal of the meeting was to get information about his Democratic rival.

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"The president can't distinguish between any allegations of conspiracy against his campaign and the broader problem of Russian Federation continuing to interfere in our elections", Schiff said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

The U-turn was the U.S. president's clearest acknowledgement that the June 2016 meeting was aimed at getting damaging information on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

At minimum, the meeting raises counterintelligence concerns for investigators trying to determine foreign efforts to penetrate an American political campaign or sway public policy.

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But at the same time, he still suggested that the meeting was, in large part, about adoption.

"I am comfortable in saying this: if there was evidence, strong evidence of collusion, I guarantee you it would have been leaked by now", the Republican senator said.

While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller could bring conspiracy charges if he finds that any campaign member worked with Russian Federation to break US law.

Trump's lawyers and the White House have given conflicting accounts about whether Trump was involved in crafting Donald Jr.'s response to a New York Times article last summer revealing the Trump Tower meeting with the adoptions rationale. The statement does not mention that he was promised damaging information about Clinton. He said he was not aware of Trump Jr. facing any legal exposure. He added that "No details or supporting information was provided or even offered".

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Trump admits the Trump Tower meeting was to get dirt on Clinton.

. "Nobody's pointed to one", Mr Sekulow told ABC News. File Photo by REUTERS/Carlos Barria.

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.

President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to change his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation.

Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Trump was allegedly anxious about his son getting wrapped up in Robert Mueller's investigation as a result of the Trump Tower meeting.

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