Donald Trump admitted today that his son had met with a Russian lawyer "to get information" about her 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, calling the appointment "yet totally legal" as denounced an indication of an attempt at collusion with Moscow.
In a tweet, the US president pinned his favorite target, the mainstream media described as "false information": "The + Fake News + report, a pure invention, that I am worried about the meeting that my wonderful son, Donald, had the Trump Tower "in June 2016." It was a meeting to get information about an opponent, totally legal and it is done all the time in politics – And that led nowhere . I did not know it! ", He says.
This is the first time that the Republican President addresses the content of the meeting as clearly and unambiguously.
"None of this is normal or credible"
When an intermediary promised him compromising information from the Russian government on Hillary Clinton, his son, Donald Trump Jr., enthusiastically agreed to meet the Russian lawyer in the Trump Tower in Manhattan. The lawyer later denied having links with the Kremlin.
Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his campaign director at the time, Paul Manafort, were also present. The latter is currently on trial for bank and tax fraud, facts uncovered by the special prosecutor Robert Mueller during his investigation into Russian interference and suspicions of collusion between the Trump campaign team and Moscow.
The Republican billionaire's entourage has advanced several versions since this embarrassing meeting was revealed in the press a year ago. His son had initially claimed that it had focused on a dispute between Washington and Moscow regarding child adoptions. But since he admitted his political content, the president's lawyers are hammering it out: the meeting was not illegal, nothing came out and Donald Trump was not aware of it.
An argument that does not convince the Democrats. "You … cheated the country on the purpose of the Trump Tower meeting when it was revealed. Now you say you did not know before (it takes place). None of this is normal or credible, "Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee's number two in the House of Representatives, today launched on Twitter.