Both President Trump and his lawyer’s version of events surrounding the highly scrutinized 2016 Trump Tower meeting took a drastic change on Sunday.
The meeting between Trump’s top aides and a Kremlin-linked lawyer, which has reportedly been at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was initially presented by Trump’s team as an innocuous discussion on adoptions of Russian children.
In a statement explaining the motives of the meeting later reported to have been dictated by Trump himself, Donald Trump Jr. said the purpose of the gathering was to discuss “a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago.”
On Sunday, however, the president admitted for the first time, on Twitter of all places, that the meeting was held to “get information on an opponent.”
Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, also backtracked on his earlier statements regarding the meeting.
In an interview on ABC News’ This Week, Sekulow said his initial claim that the president was not involved in penning Trump Jr.’s statement on the meeting was wrong. “I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement … Over time facts develop,” he said.
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