Donald Trump has labelled reports that he is concerned over the legality of his son's Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer as "fake news", and said getting dirt on 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton was "totally legal".
Giuliani, President Trump's lead attorney for the ongoing special counsel investigation, said Monday that Trump's legal team is planning to send a letter to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III this week that will largely rebuff Mueller's latest offer of a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice.
The meeting took place in Trump tower in NY, and the president originally claimed it concerned the issue of global adoptions. As more details emerged, Trump Jr. released a new statement acknowledging there was an offer of potentially damaging information on Clinton and the Democratic Party, and he eventually published emails about the meeting.
Trump's morning Twitter post was his most direct statement on the objective of the meeting, though his son and others have said it was to gather damaging information on the Democratic candidate.
Jay Sekulow, the president's attorney, denied the president was involved in drafting Trump Jr.'s initial statement that the meeting was about Russian adoptions.
Sekulow also noted on Sunday that he himself had given a misleading statement a year ago when, on "This Week" and in other media appearances, he said Trump had nothing to do with the misleading statement given to the New York Times. At various times, they defended the meeting by claiming it was exclusively about global adoption, said that they were doing standard opposition research, and even argued that they didn't get anything out of it so how can it be illegal?
However, in January, Trump's legal team, which included Sekulow, wrote a memo to Mueller saying that the president did dictate a response to the New York Times' story about the meeting on behalf of his son.
He said that Trump's legal team is inclined "at this point" to advise Trump not to agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
Another of Mr Trump's tweets over the weekend appears to have stirred trouble at...
The source told CNN Trump has been told his tweeting "only gives oxygen to the topic".
President Trump repeatedly insists there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and he will undoubtedly continue to maintain that. "But I think, look, if you get a subpoena, you file what's called a motion to quash", Sekulow told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. "They can also cause War!" I say, as they come, Tax them. And at a trio of rallies, he escalated his already vitriolic rhetoric toward the media, savaging the press for unflattering coverage and, he feels, bias. Trump wrote. "They are very risky & sick!" "The number one concern of his right now has to be that statement to Congress from Don Jr. that Donald Trump didn't know about the meeting".