"Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016".
But, he added, the suggestion in the emails made clear that senior members of the Trump campaign were at least aware of Russia's preference in the USA election in favor of Trump as early as June 2016.
President Trump's lawyer sought to distance his client Sunday from an increasingly scrutinized meeting Donald Trump Jr. took with Russians who may have links to the Kremlin - even as he insisted the meeting was perfectly appropriate during a US presidential campaign.
Donald Trump Jr has acknowledged that he met in NY with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was told she might have damaging information about his father's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. He praised Trump Jr.'s "transparency" for publishing the entire email chain in which the meeting was arranged, praising him as a "high-quality person" and "good kid".
The president was not there at the meeting. wasn't aware of the meeting, and did not attended it. The younger Trump released emails earlier this week showing he sought damaging information about Hillary Clinton's campaign even though he was told it would come from the Russian government.
Last week, on a visit to France for its Bastille Day celebration, Trump at a news conference defended his son's meeting with Veselnitskaya.More news: Gas Prices Rise Over Last Week
At first, the June 2016 meeting was said to be about a Russian adoption program.
On Meet the Press, Warner pointed out that the president's failure to admit that the Russians "attacked" the United States makes it hard to mount a "whole of government response".
"If this was nefarious, why'd the Secret Service allow these people in?"
Jay Sekulow, one of Donald Trump's top attorneys working on the Russian Federation scandal, appeared on all five Sunday morning public-affairs shows yesterday, mostly sticking to a fairly predictable script.
On CNN's State of the Union, Warner said the he couldn't say whether anything illegal had taken place, because "we don't know really what happened at this meeting".
Trump has been dismissive of numerous investigations into Russian meddling in the election, calling them a "witch hunt" and an excuse by Democrats to explain Clinton's upset loss.
Although Trump Jr. and President Trump have defended the meeting as inconsequential, it has drawn sharp scrutiny as the Trump administration weathers ongoing congressional and FBI investigations into whether it colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election.