"It doesn't mean illegality, it doesn't mean criminality", he said.
"So one thing that's illegal is for the foreign entity to make the contribution". There's some debate as to whether or not opposition research could count as a "thing of value" for purposes of the campaign finance laws, and some have even argued there's some First Amendment right to receive this information.
Trump Jr respond.ed "I love it", when first offered the political "dirt" on Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.
"He has to stick to that part because if he says he knew about the meeting, that nearly certainly means Donald Jr. lied in front of Congress, and I think that that would nearly certainly mean that Donald Jr. would get indicted", Abrams said.
He also claimed the meeting was "totally legal", but legal experts question whether that's true or not.
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The fire burned slowly for days before winds suddenly whipped it up last week and drove it furiously through brush and timber. California's current year-round fire season is producing more extreme and destructive blazes than in the past.
"And I'm going to say now on the record, they will never find any because there isn't any", he said.
Democrats hammered away at the president's admission.
"None of this is normal or credible".
"But there's not a situation where it's just you say yes", Sekulow said.
Trump's days of private anger spilled out into public with the Twitter outburst, which comes at a perilous time for the president.
Trump has long told his lawyers that he is willing to be interviewed and would like to sit with Mueller to hasten the inquiry's conclusion.
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News of the meeting, which Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and top campaign official Paul Manafort also attended, broke in July previous year. At the time, Comey was overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
But at the time, the Trump administration broke from the president's story when it maintained the focus of the meeting was related to policies about adoption of Russian children.
"The president can't distinguish between any allegations of conspiracy against his campaign and the broader problem of Russian Federation continuing to interfere in our elections", Schiff said on CBS's "Face the Nation".
Trump's attacks on the special counsel's investigation have been rebuffed by Republican leaders in Congress who have expressed support for Mueller. "I did not know about it!" the president tweeted Sunday morning.
'They purposely cause great division & distrust. "They are very risky & sick!"
The misdirection came amid a series of searing tweets sent from Trump's New Jersey golf club. Is he hearing the message that we heard from [DNI Dan] Coats and [FBI Director Christopher] Wray and others in that press conference at the White House, or is hearing the message of the president of the United States?
If Trump declines the interview and Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify, it would spark a constitutional fight in the courts, Sekulow said.
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Twin fires also burned in Mendocino and Lake counties, affecting 14 homes and threatened 12,000 more . The two fires have killed eight people, with the Carr Fire alone responsible for six of the deaths.