Trump's lawyer makes a curious argument about the Secret Service

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2017

The email chain was forwarded to Paul Manafort, then the campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and now a senior White House adviser, both of whom also attended the meeting.

"It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information", Mr Trump Jr said, adding that the lawyer then began discussing the adoption of Russian children by American couples under a program Mr Putin had suspended.

"Obviously, I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent", the president's son said sardonically in a tweet.

"The latest "I can't believe this actually happened" bombshell concerns, of course, not Trump himself but his namesake, Donald, Jr., whose emails confirming Russian support for his father and meddling in the election present such low hanging evidentiary fruit that even Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III could pick them", Takei wrote, needling Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Lawyer Jay Sekulow distanced his client from the June 2016 meeting, saying that the President did not know about it at the time.

Political veterans from Republican and Democratic campaigns have said it was unusual to take a meeting with a foreign operative offering information on a rival.

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The attorney's focus on the law appears aimed at moving beyond the shifting accounts of the meeting given by Trump Jr.

Trump Jr.'s willingness to meet with the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in the expectation of receiving incriminating information about Clinton has raised new questions about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The number of people known to be at the meeting also changed over time.

It said Veselnitskaya was given a special non-immigrant work visa around the time she met President Donald Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr.in NY last summer, reports the Hill.

Later reports revealed that lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, who was once a Soviet counter-intelligence officer, also attended the Trump Tower gathering. He spoke on ABC's This Week.

Information for this article was contributed by Mark Niquette, Alan Bjerga and Ben Brody of Bloomberg News; by staff members of The Associated Press; and by Mark Landler and Emmarie Huetteman of The New York Times.

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