Trump lawyer: Nothing illegal in son's Russia meeting

17 Juillet, 2017, 13:52 | Auteur: Valentin Naude
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And he explained how Donald Trump Jr. was put in charge of the project. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump "pressed" Putin "regarding Russian involvement".

SHAPIRO: Joining us now to discuss this evolving story and more from the week in politics is E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution.

The attorney's focus on the law appears aimed at moving beyond the shifting accounts of the meeting given by Trump Jr.

"I think the 'drip-drip-drip' is a perfect analogy, for that's exactly what people said about Watergate and President Nixon's Oval Office tapes", said Luke Nichter, a historian who has written several books on the former president. And the Agalarov - Emin Agalarov is the son of Aras Agalarov, a billionaire Russian oligarch very close to Vladimir Putin. "Working on new trade deals that will be great for U.S. and its workers!"

DIONNE: Whether they accomplish something or not, I think they're going to underscore something that should be really disturbing to people and, I think, really is disturbing to anti-Trump conservatives and not just Democrats, which is that the Republican leadership has been absolutely cowardly in confronting Trump. President Trump told Reuters he learned of the meeting just days ago.

Trump's denial of Russian election-meddling is all the more startling when contrasted with his reckless promulgation of baseless claims that millions of illegal ballots were cast in the presidential election.

The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all closed higher on Friday. The scheme quickly snowballed into one of the biggest corruption scandals of Putin's tenure.

E J DIONNE, BYLINE: Good to be with you. The answer is pretty simple: Trump doesn't care a whit about the national interest. All he cares about is his self-interest. The lawyer is said to be related to the deceased baseball Hall of Famer of the same name. For months, President Trump said nobody from his team coordinated with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.

Prosecutors griped Veselnitskaya was taking advantage of the gratis trip. At first, the meeting was said to be about a Russian adoption program. The most benign explanation is that Trump is worried that such investigations will undermine his political legitimacy. It was the most politically explosive development that there's been in the entire Russian investigation because you had in these emails - that were originally uncovered by Jared Kushner's lawyers - clear evidence that top people in the Trump campaign and starting with Donald Trump Jr. were informed that the Russian government wanted to assist Donald Trump's campaign and had damaging information about Hillary Clinton that they were willing to provide. In Paris yesterday, the president said this. His administration is even lobbying to water down in the House a sanctions bill passed 97-2 by the Senate. That's worthy of Bartlett's.

JOHNSON: What, you didn't know Trump is fluent in Russian?

ISIKOFF: Well, hard to say what's typical in this case.