President’s Lawyer: ‘No Illegality’ In Trump Jr.’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Presidents Lawyer No Illegality In Trump Jr s Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers, said Wednesday there was “no illegality” in Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016.

Trump Jr. released emails Tuesday of his correspondence with Rob Goldstone, who set up a meeting with Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

“This is obviously very high-level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone told Trump Jr. in a June 3 email, noting that the Trump campaign could gain access to “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

Trump Jr. responded, “If it’s what you say, I love it.”

CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell asked Sekulow point-blank on Wednesday, “Did Donald Trump Jr. break the law?”

Sekulow said Trump Jr. did not break the law.

“The meeting that took place, there was nothing illegal about it. There was not a violation of the law — no illegality,” Sekulow said.

“By the way, I’m not the only lawyer that’s saying this. Most legal scholars are saying this,” Trump’s personal lawyer said. “If you look at the law as it is written, as it’s applied, there was not a violation of the law that took place here.”

Sekulow said meetings like the one Trump Jr. set up with the Russian lawyer are commonplace in political campaigns.

“You had the situation with the Ukrainian government providing information to the Hillary Clinton campaign and to the DNC,” Sekulow said.

“Again, the illegality issue is, was there a violation of the law in the conduct of this meeting which took place? The answer is no.”

Sekulow later cited comments made by Trump Jr., who said no information was exchanged during his meeting with the Russian lawyer, which ended up being focused on the issue of Russian adoption policy.

“It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” Trump Jr. said of the meeting in a statement to the New York Times, adding that the adoption policy “was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”

The bottom line, Sekulow said, was that Trump was not aware of his son’s June 2016 meeting with the Russian lawyer.

“I want to be very clear on something. The president was not aware of this meeting, did not attend this meeting and was only very recently made aware of this email,” Sekulow said. “In fact, he did not read the email — it was not provided to him — until we saw it yesterday.”

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