President Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was “not illegal” and insisted the president wasn’t aware of the meeting.
“It’s not illegal,” Sekulow told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”
Sekulow added: “The president wasn’t aware of the meeting, did not participate in the meeting, did not attend the meeting.”
On Tuesday, the president’s eldest son tweeted an email exchange with publicist Rob Goldstone from June 2016, who said a Russian attorney wanted to offer damaging information regarding Hillary Clinton in an attempt to help the Trump campaign.
Stephanopoulos pressed, asking Sekulow if the meeting was appropriate.
“I haven’t had the conversation with the president whether he thought it was appropriate or not. Here’s what I will tell you: The meeting that took place is not illegal; these kind of meetings take place,” Sekulow said.
On Tuesday evening, Trump Jr. went on Fox News’ “Hannity” to explain himself. Sekulow told “GMA” that Trump wasn’t aware of the meeting until “until very recently” and didn’t see the emails until his son sent the tweets.
“The meeting itself and what took place at the meeting doesn’t violate the law. The president was not aware of it. Donald Trump Jr. said in retrospect he would look at it differently today. But you’ve got to put yourself in the position they were in,” Sekulow said. “They’re in the middle of a campaign for the presidency of the United States.”
Sekulow echoed the comments on ABC’s “rival,” the “Today” show on NBC.
“There’s no statute that’s even in play,” Sekulow told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie . He described the meeting as “opposition research” and denied that Trump Jr. ever lied about the meeting.