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President Trump’s allies and legal experts faced new questions on Sunday about the legal ramifications of the revelation that the president dictated a letter about a 2016 meeting between his campaign aides and a Russian lawyer, even as his lawyers argue he can’t obstruct justice in the special counsel’s probe.
The article goes on to state the following:
The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump’s lawyers wrote to special counsel Robert Mueller in January arguing that the president cannot commit obstruction of justice in the special counsel’s probe because of his constitutional authority over the investigation.
The letter also confirms that Trump dictated a statement to The New York Times about the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., other Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
[Jay] Sekulow, one of Trump’s attorneys who wrote the letter to Mueller, previously denied that the president had any involvement with the statement. [Sarah Huckabee] Sanders, the White House press secretary, said last August that Trump may have given suggestions on the statement “as any father would,” but denied that he dictated it.
The meeting, and any coordinated cover-up, has been one point of focus in Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The changing narrative surrounding those events is likely to raise new legal questions, despite the president’s lawyer’s assertions about obstruction of justice.
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