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Trump legal team drafting letter about 'reluctance' to answer obstruction questions

Trump legal team drafting letter about 'reluctance' to answer obstruction questions

President Trump has admitted that the objective of a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani, President Trump's lead attorney for the ongoing special counsel investigation, said Monday that Trump's legal team is planning to send a letter to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III this week that will largely rebuff Mueller's latest offer of a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice. Trump Jr.'s admission contradicted his father's February 2017 statement that "nobody that I know of" had any contacts with foreign entities during the election and previous similar statements from his campaign.

One part of the inquiry has focussed on a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower in NY between Donald Jr., other campaign aides and a group of Russians.

Amid the fallout, Trump Jr. even released his own emails regarding the meeting, which proved that it had been pitched to him, by music publicist Rob Goldstone, as a meeting with the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" who had "offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

The president called it "a complete fabrication" that he is "concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower".

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

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Trump might as well have just confirmed The Post's report that he is anxious about what the meeting portends for his son.

The Post had reported that the statement to the Times was dictated by the President, though at the time his lawyers denied his involvement. Trump's former adviser Roger Stone, embroiled in his own controversy, has even tried to blame the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his decision to meet with Russians during the campaign.

The Trump Tower meeting is problematic because it's illegal for candidates and their campaigns to accept or solicit anything of value from a foreign national.

This is something Trump has said regularly about the Trump Tower meeting, and something he has re-upped now that Michael Cohen is reportedly telling people that Trump did know about it.

And they said Trump Jr., Kushner and White House staffers had made a "full disclosure" about that session to Mueller and Congress.

"Citing multiple sources, the Times reports that Trump Jr".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations by USA intelligence agencies that his government meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt that should be shut down.

Later Sunday, Jay Sekulow, one of the president's lawyers, defended the 2016 meeting. "They can also cause War!"

"We have to make a decision based on the law and what's best for our client", said Sekulow, adding that it will take time to make that determination.

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe. Trump wrote. "They are very unsafe & sick!" Her unannounced presence raised some eyebrows as Hicks has been interviewed by Mueller and was part of the team of staffers that helped draft the original statement on the Trump Tower meeting.

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