Michael Hayden: Russians' Meeting With Trump Jr. 'Almost Classic'

Michael Hayden: Russians' Meeting With Trump Jr. 'Almost Classic'

Michael Hayden: Russians' Meeting With Trump Jr. 'Almost Classic'

But, he added, the suggestion in the emails made clear that senior members of the Trump campaign were at least aware of Russia's preference in the US election in favor of Trump as early as June 2016.

The younger Mr. Trump met with the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in the Trump Tower offices after an acquaintance said she had sensitive and damaging information about Mrs. Clinton.

The president's tweet that Spicer referred to on Monday lays that out quite clearly, defending Trump Jr.'s meeting as "politics".

President Donald Trump defended his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., on Twitter Sunday morning amid mounting questions about his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, implying a media double standard in its treatment of Hillary Clinton. "PEBS00039-topic.html" class="local_link" >Donald Trump Jr. and other senior members of the Trump campaign and Russian lawyer Nataliya Veselnitskaya.

Reuters/Brian SnyderDonald Trump Jr. appears to have allegedly helped his father's campaign with information given by the Russian government. He said he's willing to subpoena the president's son if necessary.

US intelligence agencies have said they believe Russian Federation made efforts to try to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential election.

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The president was not there at the meeting. wasn't aware of the meeting, and did not attended it.

"If it is what you say I love it", Trump Jr. wrote.

Opposition researchers from both parties have contested Trump's claim that such activity is common or accepted practice.

Mr Sekulow appeared on five television networks on Sunday to defend Mr Trump and his son, following the latest accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Sekulow's comments quickly sparked criticism, as many people noted that it was not normally the secret service's duty to bar individuals from meeting with campaign officials, particularly if those officials do not pose an immediate, obvious threat.

"Whether we will be able to get the Russian nationals to come over and testify is an open question, (but) those people that our committee has jurisdiction over, the Americans, I sure as heck want to talk to all of them", Warner said.

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"The President has made it clear through this tweet".

Warner declined to specify exactly when the Senate Intelligence Committee initially found out about the meeting, saying, "We don't share what we know and when we knew it".

The meeting has put fresh scrutiny on the actions of Trump's family and campaign officials as federal investigators probe whether the campaign colluded with Russians in Moscow's attempt to influence the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

The Secret Service's mission is to protect the physical safety of the U.S. president.

Separately, the campaign also paid more than $538,000 to Jones Day, the law firm that represented Trump's campaign during the election.

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