Trump would fight any U.S. special counsel subpoena in court: president's lawyer

Trump would fight any U.S. special counsel subpoena in court: president's lawyer

Trump would fight any U.S. special counsel subpoena in court: president's lawyer

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign members coordinated with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election in the Republican's favour.

If U.S. President Donald Trump is subpoenaed by a special counsel investigating contacts between the 2016 Trump election campaign and Russian Federation, his lawyers will attempt to quash it in court, one of Trump's lawyers said on Sunday.

Over the weekend, the Trump administration once again switched its official story about a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer.

Sunday morning Trump contradicted previous White House explainations that Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting in Trump Tower was about orphans, with the president writing, "Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. I did not know about it!"

"I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", he said on ABC's "This Week" program, before continuing attacks on the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in US politics, a strategy Trump personally began from the time he took office.

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He also said the meeting was "totally legal" and he did not know about it. Weija Jiang reports. "They are very unsafe & sick!" he posted on Twitter. Veselnitskaya wanted the meeting so they could talk about lifting Russian adoptions and possibly lifting sanctions if Trump were to win the election, while Trump Jr. expected useful information against Clinton. At the time, Trump and his White House had falsely claimed that he had only offered his input into the crafting of the statement.

News of the meeting, which Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and top campaign official Paul Manafort also attended, broke in July 2017. When the story of the meeting broke wide open in July of past year, Trump Jr. quickly issued a statement - which was dictated by his father - that the meeting had been about Russian adoption.

He later admitted he accepted the meeting with Veselnitskaya in hopes of obtaining damaging information on Clinton, but said nothing came of it.

"I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week". Trump's lawyers acknowledged in a letter to Mueller's team in January 2018 that Trump dictated the response, according to the Times.

The president's attorneys at first denied Trump's involvement in drafting the response to the Times, but months later, in a letter meant to explain why Mueller should not interview Trump, they agreed that the president had, in fact, been the author of the statement. "I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People", he tweeted Sunday to his more than 53 million followers. "That happens when you have cases like this".

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