WASHINGTON D.C. (CBSMiami) — In a tweet about a report involving his son, President Trump admitted that the purpose of a 2016 Trump Tower meeting was to get information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
In a Tweet Sunday Trump wrote: “Fake news reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal, and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”
But when news of the meeting first became public last year, Donald Trump Jr. issued a statement saying it was about Russian adoptions and mentioned nothing about politics or opposition research.
And in January, the Trump legal team revealed in a letter to the Special Counsel that it was President Trump himself who dictated the explanation about adoptions which contradicted previous Trump team statements about the President’s involvement.
President Trump’s lawyer now admits he was wrong to say that.
“I had bad information at that time. I made a mistake in my statement, I’ve talked about this before. That happens when you have cases like this, said Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow on ABC’s This Week.
The Trump Tower meeting, as well as what the President knew about it and his role in issuing the misleading public statement,are part of the inquiry being run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
President Trump repeatedly claims the Mueller investigation is a witch hunt and that there was no collusion. Last week, he called on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to put an end to the Mueller probe.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not have the authority to end the Mueller probe because he recused himself from the Russia investigation. That power lies with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who has shown no interest in calling off the investigation.