>> It's often times I'm getting ready to do->> US president, Donald Trump gave his clearest admission yet on Monday. That the purpose of the meeting between son Don Jr and a Kremlin-connected lawyer before the 2016 presidential election was to get dirt on Hilary Clinton. Trump calling the meeting, quote, totally legal and done all the time in politics.
His tweet contradicting an initial statement Trump helped his son craft in July of 2017. Which said the two sides discussed adoption of Russian children by Americans. Political campaigns routinely pursue opposition research on their opponents, but not with foreign representatives from a country viewed as an adversary. Russian officials were under US sanctions at the time.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump campaign members coordinated with Russia to sway the White House race in his favor. Russian President, Vladimir Putin has denied his government interfered. Trump also doubled down on his criticism of the press Sunday, tweeting, they purposely cause great division and distrust, they can also cause war.
>> They're really a fake news group of people.>> His incendiary rhetoric closely tied to his continued criticism of the Russia probe. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow told ABC Sunday that if the President is subpoenaed by Mueller, Trumps attorneys will attempt to quash it in court.