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As reported earlier on Sunday by CNBC, Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to defend his son and namesake's meeting at Trump Tower from two years ago, noting that the talks between Donald Trump, Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya were "totally legal" and acknowledging that the goal of the meeting was to gather derogatory information about Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.

He repeated that he had not known about the meeting in advance. Russian officials were under United States sanctions at the time.

The president also referred to the reports that he is concerned about the potential legal problems his son might face as "fake news" and a "complete fabrication".

The meeting has come under intense scrutiny from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election in the Republican's favor.

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Referring to Donald Trump's claim that the 2016 meeting was legal and "normal", Rubin stressed that the president is "wrong on both counts", as meeting with a foreign country's officials isn't just unprecedented in USA history, but also contrary to the ideals of democracy as a system where people can choose their own leaders. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied his government interfered.

Last year, Trump Jr. released a chain of emails that were exchanged before the meeting, having been told that The New York Times meant to publish them.

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

Donald Jr. said later he realized the meeting was primarily aimed at lobbying against the 2012 Magnitsky sanctions law, which led to Moscow denying Americans the right to adopt Russian orphans. Last week, however, he adopted his lawyers' tactics and insisted "collusion is not a crime".

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"So when you look at a meeting - when you look at a meeting, George, that took place in - a - a year before the (ph) - now two years ago, the question is what law, statute or rule or regulation's been violated? That arguably would violate federal law prohibiting a candidate from asking for or receiving something of value from a foreign national".

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's lawyers have since acknowledged to Mueller's team that the statement was dictated by the president aboard Air Force One.

Mr Trump has stepped up his public attacks on the Mueller probe since the first trial to arise from it began last week in Alexandria, Virginia, involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

It has always been assumed Special Counsel Robert Mueller will want the President to testify in the investigation, but he has not yet officially ben asked. Jay Sekulow, Trump's attorney, said on ABC's "This Week" that he had "bad information" when he denied that the president helped write a misleading statement about the objective of the meeting after it was first reported past year. Sekulow said on Sunday.

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Speaking to ABC's This Week, Jay Sekulo implied any battle could go all the way to the Supreme Court. At a raucous campaign-style rally in OH on Saturday night, Trump again referred to the inquiry's goal as a "hoax", a characterization he has often made publicly despite US intelligence agencies' certitude of Russia's election interference.


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