President Trump defends son's meeting with Russian lawyer


The Times has a separate piece out today that tries to fit the timeline of the Don Jr/lawyer meeting into the timeline of the Trump campaign and hacker leaks on the DNC/Podesta. We're not going to weigh in on whether Trump Jr. actually broke any laws, but we did wonder whether there were laws that would apply to the idea of collusion.

The last two decades, email's high-water era, have thus been a bounty for anyone wishing to understand exactly what was happening in the inner circles of powerful organizations - for journalists, historians and prosecutors of white-collar crime, among others.

"The State Department issues visas, and the Department of Homeland Security oversees entry to the United States at airports", Lynch's spokesperson said according to The Hill. Many in the political world disagree that meeting a foreign national, especially one ostensibly representing a hostile state such as Russia, is within the normal course of compiling opposition research.

Trump also linked trade negotiations to his push to have Beijing increase pressure on Pyongyang because of the fast-developing North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. "I'm not saying it wasn't Russia", he said, adding that instead "we have to protect ourselves no matter who it is".

Both the senior and junior Trumps have been criticized by people on both sides of the political aisle for asserting it is not a problem to accept an offer of derogatory information from a foreign government on a political opponent.

Mr. Trump's comments come as he once again defended his son, Donald Trump Jr. In May, Trump retained top New York attorney Marc Kasowitz, who represented him in the Trump University case, to defend him as the Russia investigation proceeds.

In the conversation with reporters, which lasted about an hour, the president also discussed health care, border security and trade.

John Coates, a Harvard University law professor, said discussions between a campaign and a foreigner could violate the law against fraud. Then, last spring, they began discussing how to help Trump win. "That's why he won in a landslide election", he told Fox News days before the inauguration in January 2017.

The next day she attended a House hearing, sitting in the front row behind Obama's former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who was testifying, according to photos of the hearing.

"If others participated in the scheme to do this, it could be a conspiracy", Hasen said.

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government", Jefferson wrote to a fellow Virginian, "I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter".

The Magnitsky Act, opposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, imposes sanctions on Russia for alleged human rights violations connected to the death of a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who had claimed to uncover fraud by the Kremlin.

And in early July, police charged a 23-year-old suspected far-right activist with plotting to assassinate Macron at the Bastille Day parade. Grassley wouldn't say what he wants to hear from the president's eldest son, but said members aren't restricted "from asking anything they want to ask".

In a statement, Lynch said she had no knowledge of Veselnitskaya's travel. Marshall compares Goldstone's tone to that of someone wearing a wire who's trying to establish wrongdoing by the target of the sting. He pointed out: "You know, China is very good at this".