Obama ethics czar pushes back on Trump: Meetings to get dirt on political opponent do not ‘happen all the time’

Obama ethics czar pushes back on Trump: Meetings to get dirt on political opponent do not ‘happen all the time’
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Former Obama White House ethics czar Norm Eisen on Sunday pushed back on President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE's assertion that political campaigns accept meetings to get dirt on opponents "all the time."

"Sir, I was a lawyer for the Obama campaign, transition and White House," Eisen wrote in response to Trump's early Sunday tweet. "This does not happen all the time. In fact, it never happened on our watch and if it had our reaction would have been 'call the FBI,' not 'if it’s what you say it is, I love it.' "

Trump earlier in the day tweeted that the Trump Tower meeting between his son Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was "totally legal and done all the time in politics."


"Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower," Trump said, referencing reports from CNN and The Washington Post that indicated he is concerned his son will face legal consequences in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe.

"This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere," Trump tweeted. "I did not know about it!"   

The statement contradicted earlier assertions by Trump administration officials that the meeting was about adoptions.

Trump Jr. last year released emails that confirmed he agreed to meet with Veselnitskaya after being promised she had "very high level and sensitive information” about the president's Democratic opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Club for Growth goes after Cheney in ad, compares her to Clinton Sanders to campaign for Turner in Ohio MORE. Veselnitskaya was described as "part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump."

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

Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen last week indicated Trump knew about the 2016 meeting before it happened.