Donald Trump admits son was getting dirt on Hillary Clinton

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On Sunday morning, amid his latest tweetstorm about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump turned his focus to the now-infamous June 2016 meeting between his top advisers and several Russians.

The president has denied knowledge of the meeting at his Trump Tower campaign headquarters in NY in the face of news accounts saying his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that he heard Trump's son tell his father in advance about the meeting.

"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere", Trump tweeted. "I'm sure, I'm sure I did", Trump Jr.

"They're talking about this blue wave", Trump said referring to way Democrats are depicted on electoral maps.

At the time, Donald Trump Jr issued a statement explaining that he and the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya (pictured), had "primarily discussed a programme about the adoption of Russian children".

Trump's admission that his son's 2016 Russian meeting was to get information on Clinton runs counter to the narrative he has previously pushed about the meeting.

However, he subsequently admitted he had agreed to the meeting after being told he would be offered information that would prove detrimental to Mrs Clinton.

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Trumps Attorney Jay Sekulow, tried to soften his own part of the cover-up, saying on ABC's "This Week" that, "I had bad information in that statement".

Trump, of course, claims to not knowing about the meeting, in spite of his involvement in the statement mentioned above.

Trump and his son have both said then-candidate Trump had no advance knowledge of the meeting and that the meeting itself was not useful to the campaign.

"Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Why is the Trump Tower meeting controversial?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating United States intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the election in Mr Trump's favour.

"The question is, how would it be illegal?" he asked.

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What did Trump say?

"The question is what law, statue or rule or regulation's been violated?"

Sekulow added that he has "no knowledge" of the president's son testifying to the special counsel's grand jury or being told that he is a "target", which is an official designation the Justice Department would use to tell someone that they are likely to be indicted.

This was initially denied by Mr Trump's team, but his lawyers later confirmed that he had in fact dictated his son's statement.

One of the names at the center of the Trump/Russia scandal, which continues to pop up, is the President's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. Paul Manafort, who ran Trump's campaign at a crucial time leading into the Republican National Convention, is now on trial on charges concerning his previous business activities that grew out of Mueller's probe.

Trump's attacks on the special counsel's investigation have been rebuffed by Republican leaders in Congress who have expressed support for Mueller. Sekulow said of Trump Jr.'s meeting. "They can also cause War!"

Trump's days of private anger spilled out into public with the Twitter outburst, which comes at a perilous time for the president.

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