Wednesday, 22 August, 2018

Trump appears to change story on meeting with Russian lawyer

Trump actually admits meeting with Russians was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton Trump would fight any US special counsel subpoena in court: president's lawyer
Leonard Rios | 07 August, 2018, 19:27

The Washington Post reported that Trump had expressed concerns in the past week about his son Donald Trump Jr's legal exposure from the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

CHANG: So in Trump's tweet that he blasted out this weekend, he also mentioned that he did not know about the June 2016 meeting when it happened.

It is, however, against the law for USA campaigns to receive donations or items of value from foreigners, and that June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya is now a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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

On Monday morning, Trump went on a counterattack even as his disclosure that the meeting was centered around getting dirt on his political opponent (Hillary Clinton) was seen as an admission of collusion.

After appearing to contradict his original story about the Trump Tower meeting, President Donald Trump has reportedly gotten some blunt advice from his top advisers - just stop talking about it. Additionally, Trump's longtime attorney and former fixer Michael Cohen is said to be prepared to testify that the President knew about the Trump Tower meeting ahead of time, sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. When asked by host George Stephanopoulos how a meeting arranged to get information on an opponent could be legal, Sekulow responded: "Well, the question is, how would it be illegal?"

European companies 'protected' from USA sanctions following Iran nuclear row
The European Union has sought to salvage the nuclear deal and provide legal cover for its companies to continue operating in Iran. In a statement on Monday just hours before the sanctions went back into force, Trump said: "The Iranian regime faces a choice".

Justin Thomas runs away from field to easily win Bridgestone Invitational
Rory and I have played together a lot. "We sat down and just said, what are we doing wrong?" He wound up winning the last one. The World Golf Championships in Akron has a yearly economic impact of more than $21 million according to Firestone's website.

Donald Trump attacks LeBron James in late-night tweet
Before entering politics, Trump frequently praised James and his own family tried to recruit him to the New York Knicks in 2010. In the interview, James said he "would never sit across" from Trump, though he would talk to former President Barack Obama.

While complaining about a report saying he's been chain-smoking cigarettes out of concern over Trump's latest tweets, the former NY mayor claimed he doesn't smoke them. and in fact hates 'em. "You know that's not the premise that got them in the room and then they started it was essentially a bait and switch to talk about that, and everyone has basically said that in testimony already". The Russian attorney at that meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has close ties to the Kremlin.

Trump's lawyers and the White House have given conflicting accounts about whether Trump was involved in crafting Donald Jr.'s response to a New York Times article last summer revealing the Trump Tower meeting with the adoptions rationale. Trump tweeted, igniting further controversy on just how much, and if at all, he and his campaign had colluded with Russian Federation.

It is, however, against the law for United States campaigns to receive donations or items of value from foreigners. Trump's lawyers - who are not in favor of any interview despite the President saying he wants to set the record straight with special counsel - are seeking to limit the interview to collusion topics.

Giuliani, who said his team is preparing a counterreport, said he believes Mueller and his lawyers "want to wrap it up before September, or at the beginning of September".

Sen. Rubio drew the ire of conservatives and Trump supporters in July when he said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did nothing wrong by spying on Trump's campaign advisor, Carter Page. Dowd subsequently resigned from the Trump team. They can also cause War!'

So today's breathless headlines are, as the Powerline blog's Paul Mirengoff called them, "fake news".

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