Politics White House lawyer didn't sign off on president’s tweet about Trump Jr. meeting

23:43  17 july  2017
23:43  17 july  2017 Source:   The Hill

EXCLUSIVE-Trump says he was unaware of son's meeting with Russian lawyer

  EXCLUSIVE-Trump says he was unaware of son's meeting with Russian lawyer <p>U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was unaware of his son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer at the heart of a White House controversy, telling Reuters he only learned of it a couple of days ago.</p>Asked if he knew that his son was meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June last year, Trump said in a White House interview: “No, that I didn’t know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this.

The White House said Monday that the new lawyer hired to handle the Russia probe did not sign off on President Trump ' s latest tweet about his son' s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer . “I don’ t believe so

White House lawyer didn ' t sign off on president ’ s tweet about Trump Jr . meeting . Administration. White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting but declined to provide a list of senators expected to attend.

US-Australia refugee swap in doubt due to Trump immigration rules: report © Provided by The Hill US-Australia refugee swap in doubt due to Trump immigration rules: report The White House said Monday that the new lawyer hired to handle the Russia probe did not sign off on President Trump's latest tweet about his son's meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer.

"I don't believe so," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said when asked if special White House counsel Ty Cobb signed off on the tweet in which Trump defended the meeting his eldest son attended during the campaign.

Spicer also defended Donald Trump Jr.'s decision to take the meeting with the lawyer promising damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying, "There was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe" it wasn't about Russian adoptions.

That's contradicted by the email chain Trump Jr. released last week detailing the set-up of the meeting, which was arranged under the subject line, "Russia - Clinton - private and confidential."

According to one message from Rob Goldstone, who acted as an intermediary to set up the meeting, the information "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father."

"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," Goldstone wrote.

Trump's lawyers knew about Trump Jr. emails weeks ago: report

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The snowballing revelations about Donald Trump Jr .' s meeting with a Russian lawyer during last year' s presidential campaign have broadsided the White House , distracting from its agenda as aides grapple with a More >>.

FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, Donald Trump Jr ., the son of President Donald Trump , speaks to media during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. At the heart of Donald Trump Jr .’ s unusual campaign-season meeting with a Russian

Trump Jr. seemed eager to receive in the information, saying in a June 3, 2016, response: "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer."

But Trump Jr. has said the promised information from Natalia Veselnitskaya "went nowhere," and that she mostly focused on pushing for changes to a policy that restricts American adoptions of Russian children.

The meeting took place on June 9, 2016, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort were present for at least part of it.

The meeting and emails are likely to come under scrutiny from federal and congressional investigators probing Russia's election meddling and whether any Trump associates colluded with the effort.

The White House continues to deny that the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow.

Trump announced on Saturday the appointment of Cobb, a veteran Washington lawyer with experience as a federal prosecutor and defense attorney, as special counsel at the White House.

Cobb is speculated to be taking over the White House's response to the investigation into possible contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump's comments Monday come as the White House is launching a three-week "Made in America" messaging campaign to refocus his public agenda.

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Trump Tweets ‘That’s Politics!’ About Son’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer .
President Trump once again described the meeting between his eldest son, Donald Jr., and a Kremlin-connected lawyer as routine. But interviews with politicians have turned up few who would say they would participate in a meeting like the one described.WASHINGTON — He ran on a promise to end politics as usual.

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