Trump Calls Russia Scandal A 'Hoax' While Touting Stock Market Numbers


One could appropriately assume that he was referring to the incriminating information that Trump Jr. was promised at the meeting.

Jay Sekulow, an attorney for President Donald Trump, said the recent controversy over a meeting Donald Trump Jr. held with a Russian lawyer a year ago was part of a string of events that would make for "a fascinating movie one day", The Hill reported Saturday. He said he served in the Soviet military in a unit that was part of counterintelligence but he was never trained as a spy.

Trump Jr. has said no such information was provided by Veselnitskaya, who instead wanted to talk about the separate issue of a US law targeting Russians for human rights abuses known as the Magnitsky Act and countermeasures from Russia prohibiting USA adoptions of Russian children.

He said the president did not attend the meeting and was not aware of it.

Trump's re-election campaign, Futerfas and a spokesman for Trump Jr. have not returned calls from CNN seeking an explanation about the payment, which The Daily Beast first reported. "He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer". On Tuesday, Trump Jr. tweeted out emails with Goldstone that detailed how the meeting was arranged. He's a US citizen. After news reports detailed the meeting last week, Trump Jr. released an email chain showing that he had responded to the suggestion of a Kremlin-led effort to help his father's campaign by saying "I love it".

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The filing was updated after Kushner's lawyers discovered emails about the June 2016 meeting while preparing documents to turn over to Senate Intelligence Committee investigators.

"You know, when I needed negative information about Hillary Clinton, I didn't have to go very far", she said during the interview. Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, sought to model the White House's Russian Federation war room in the vein of former President Bill Clinton's operation during the investigations of his White House in the 1990s, two people familiar with the matter said.

"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump", Goldstone continued.

President Donald Trump plans to put a veteran Washington lawyer, Ty Cobb, in charge of overseeing the White House's legal and media response to investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Updated at 10:51 a.m. Jonathan Easley contributed.