Trump Jr. adds to legal team ahead of Senate meeting


Sessions has denied discussing campaign issues with Russian officials and has said he only met Kislyak in his role of U.S. senator.

During an interview with the New York Times, Trump Jr. said, "Did I meet with people that were Russian?"

Donald Trump has complained about a Washington Post report that the Russian ambassador to the U.S. said he discussed election-related issues with attorney general Jeff Sessions when the men met during the 2016 presidential race. Trump savaged Sessions in a New York Times interview this week, for having recused himself from the Russian Federation probe which POTUS called "very unfair to the President".

That interview came as Trump is growing increasingly annoyed by the ongoing investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump's lawyers have been discussing the president's pardoning powers, a second person told the newspaper.

John Dowd, a lawyer for Trump, said the Post's story was not true.

Dowd dismissed the pardon report as nonsense. "But there are no announcements or planned announcements on that front whatsoever", Sanders said.

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In response to reporting from The New York Times, Trump Jr. posted emails on Twitter earlier this month showing him setting up a meeting with a Russian attorney past year through an acquaintance in hopes of potentially receiving damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Mueller is examining whether Trump or his aides colluded with Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

As the Trump White House is highly unlikely to go after one of their own, it's presently unclear who would be tasked to take up the reins in any possible perjury investigation targeting Sessions. "Obviously the meeting with Donald Jr. and the several Russians that we now know were in that meeting".

The White House disclosed in March that Kushner met with Kislyak at Trump Tower in December 2016, in addition to seeing Kislyak when he attended an April 2016 campaign speech in Washington. That includes any docs related to recent disclosures about the meeting.

Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are on the Judiciary Committee and will be questioning Donald Trump Jr and Manafort this week. After releasing the emails, however, Trump Jr. acknowledged that he was meeting with Veselnitskaya to obtain "opposition research" on Clinton.

Trump, who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in last year's Presidential election, defended his son Trump Jr. for publically showing his emails and questioned why his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and special counsel Robert Mueller were not investigating former FBI director James Comey or Clinton for her email practices as secretary of state.