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Trump lawyer defends meeting between Trump Jr, Russians

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Washington (dpa) - One of President Donald Trump‘s lawyers on Sunday defended a meeting between the president‘s eldest son and Russians last year in a bid to acquire damaging information about rival Hillary Clinton.

"The meeting in and of itself of course ... is not a violation of the law, but I think it‘s important to understand that, as counsel to the president, the president was not aware of the meeting and did not participate in it," attorney Jay Sekulow said on ABC News in one of a series of television interviews on the matter.

The revelation of the meeting last week has raised renewed questions about Trump‘s campaign and possible collusion with Russia tied to Russian interference in the US presidential election.

Donald Trump Jr met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and other Russian associates, including a lobbyist with ties to Russian intelligence, after an intermediary said she would provide damaging information about Clinton.

Also present at the June 2016 meeting were Jared Kushner, Trump‘s son-in-law, and Paul Manafort, a top campaign aide who was promoted days later to campaign manager.

The president and his son have said no information was acquired from the meeting and the president defended it as politics as usual.

Democrats involved in congressional inquiries into Russian interference in the US elections have stressed the meeting raises new questions, including about what Trump knew and when he knew it.

"It‘s a little bit unbelievable that neither the son or the son-in-law ever shared that information with their dad, the candidate," Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, told CNN.


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