Why this weekend's Trump Tower tweet matters

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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.

But the President, who has insisted there was no collusion, tweeted last night: "Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower". Trump claimed that the meeting was "totally legal and done all the time in politics", adding that he had no knowledge about it at the time.

"I know it's an indication that some folks are not just in serious trouble but now recognize they're in serious trouble", he said.

A look at Kellyanne Conway counselor to the president
A look at Kellyanne Conway counselor to the president

CNN reported that Cohen was prepared to tell federal investigators that the president knew ahead of time about the meeting, at which a Russian lawyer with links to the Kremlin was expected to deliver damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"You're [President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Korea urges Pyongyang to speed up denuclearization process More than a dozen arrested as protesters, counter-protesters clash in Berkeley Trump golfs with Graham at New Jersey club MORE] sending your son, a family member, to talk with a foreign government that is an active enemy, or potential adversary at least, of this country to talk about information that you could use against your opponent?"

Last night various U.S. outlets, including the Washington Post, CNN and AP, reported that Trump was anxious his son could be in legal trouble over the meeting. Trump's tweet reveals that he lied a year ago when he personally dictated a statement, released by his son, Donald Trump Jr., which claimed the meeting was mostly about USA adoption of Russian children. "The real question here is, would. the meeting itself constitute a violation of the law", Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". He also released the email exchange that brought about the meeting. "The walls are closing in and actual facts are coming closer and closer to the surface".

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