President Donald Trump is concerned about whether his son Donald Trump Jr. might have exposure in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, leading to his increasingly frenzied public agitation over Robert Mueller, sources close to the White House tell CNN.
A letter from President Trump's legal team to Special Counsel Robert Mueller reveals the president dictated the statement on the Trump Tower meeting; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.
Sekulow's comments came shortly after Trump tweeted earlier Sunday that the meeting was simply an effort "to get information on an opponent", which he characterized as "totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere".
It is his most direct statement so far on the reason for Donald Trump Jr's meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016. They described the statement, which had not mentioned that the Russian lawyer was expected to bring damaging information about Clinton, as "short but accurate".
Any legal battle over whether the president can be compelled to testify could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said on ABC's "This Week".
The president's attorneys at first denied Trump's involvement in drafting the response to the Times, but months later, in a letter meant to explain why Mueller should not interview Trump, they agreed that the president had, in fact, been the author of the statement.
It was later reported that was false and the president was involved in constructing his son's misleading statement.
The owner of the blocked number has not been discovered, but Trump himself was in his office at Trump Tower just one floor above where the meeting took place and is known to have had a blocked phone number at the time.
President Trump repeatedly insists there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and he will undoubtedly continue to maintain that.
Zeitz, an attorney who deposed Donald Trump in an eminent domain case in the 1990's, explained the president's disposition under oath in an interview with CNN's Randi Kaye that aired Sunday. "He walks in. He wants to take over and make the deposition his deposition even though it is mine".
"I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told he is the target of any investigation and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel", Mr. Sekulow said Sunday. He made the claim standing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month, and then a day later during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "Did I meet with people that were Russian?" "I had a lot of information to process".
Trump's technique when being deposed is what Zeitz called a "nonresponsive answer". "We are fully confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Donald Trump Jr.in the various investigations". "They can also cause War!"
In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe.