Trump lawyer Sekulow downplays potential Trump Tower meeting violations
President Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow on Sunday downplayed a June 2016 meeting between the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton after a report that the president fears his son may have inadvertently gotten himself into legal trouble.
“The question is how would [the meeting] would be illegal,” Sekulow said on ABC’s “This Week.” “You have to look at what laws, rules, regulations, statutes are purportedly violated here.”
‘”Well, they’ve actually pointed to several, including conspiracy to defraud the United States,” host George Stephanopoulos retorted. “That would be one of the possible charges, aiding and abetting conspiracy.”
Sekulow’s remarks come the day after The Washington Post reported that Trump has relayed concerns to close confidants that his son may have unwittingly crossed a legal line.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly examining Trump Jr. for his role in arranging the meeting, which Sekulow denied having knowledge about.
The Trump Tower meeting was brought back into the spotlight late last month when CNN reported that Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen said he would be willing to tell Mueller that then-candidate Trump approved the 2016 meeting, though Cohen reportedly does not have evidence to back up his claims.
Trump and his allies, including Trump Jr. and his attorney Rudy Giuliani, have repeatedly said the president did not know about the meeting until a New York Times report last July.
Trump and his legal team are reportedly deciding whether to arrange an interview with the special counsel — a decision that could be made in the next week.
Sekulow said Sunday that “at this point” the legal team’s “inclination” is for Trump not to sit down for an interview.
“The president has been clear that he wants to interview … his legal team is concerned,” he said.