President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he is concerned that his eldest son is a target of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, insisting that his son’s actions during his presidential campaign were “totally legal.”
“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere,” Trump said of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower with a Kremlin-linked attorney in June 2016.
Trump’s tweet follows recent reports that he is worried about possible legal trouble for his eldest son.
The president, his legal team and his son have issued a number of contradictory statements for meeting in the year since the New York Times first reported on it.
In July 2017, Trump Jr. initially claimed the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was about a Russian adoption issue and “not a campaign issue at the time.” A day later, he admitted that he’d agreed to sit down with Veselnitskaya after being offered dirt on his father’s political opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The Times reported last July that Trump signed off on his son’s first response about the meeting. His lawyer, Jay Sekulow, repeatedly insisted that the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement. Later that month, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said he was involved but denied a Washington Post report that claimed he personally dictated it.
But in a January memo, Trump’s attorneys admitted that he did dictate the statement. Rudy Giuliani said in June that it’s the legal team’s “final position” that the president dictated it.
Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, speaking on ABC “This Week” on Sunday, attempted to downplay and delegitimize Mueller’s investigation.
“The question is what law, statute, or rule or regulation has been violated? And nobody has pointed to one,” he said, later adding that “there are irregularities in this investigation the likes of which we have not seen.”
Asked whether Trump would testify as part of Mueller’s investigation if requested , Sekulow said that his attorneys would not advise him to give an interview at this time.