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Donald Trump defends son’s meeting with Russian lawyer
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15.12.2017

Donald Trump defends son’s meeting with Russian lawyer

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Donald Trump Jr has been heavily criticised for meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower during the US Presidential campaign in 2016

British-born music publicist Rob Goldstone set up the meeting after emailing Mr Trump Jr to say he would receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton. 

But during a visit to Paris last night the president said: “As far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful young man.
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He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer. Not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer.

“I think from a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting. 

It’s called opposition research, or even research into your opponent.”
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The President comments follow him describing the saga as the “greatest witch-hunt in political history”.

Yesterday the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee said he would ask the President’s son to testify to Congress about the meeting and subpoena him if necessary.

Government watchdogs also filed a complaint against Donald Trump Jr, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and the Trump campaign’s manager Paul Manafort with the federal agency that oversees elections, arguing the three violated the law by meeting a Russian who was offering purportedly damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
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It was sent to the Federal Election Commission and was signed by Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Centre, Democracy 21 and two campaign lawyers involved with those groups.
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