President Trump Claims Ignorance of 2016 Trump Tower Meeting


On Saturday, President Donald Trump maintained that he had no knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting that took place during the 2016 election, reports The Hill.

An Overview of Trump’s Statements

On Saturday morning, the president posted the following tweet about the meeting and his former attorney, Michael Cohen:

More on the Trump Tower Meeting

In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in Trump Tower. Reports claim that Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting after learning that Veselnitskaya had potentially damning intel about Hillary Clinton.

The Trump Tower meeting has attracted a plethora of criticism. Many have questioned its legality. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon denounced the gathering as “treasonous.” Bannon also stated that Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort should have “called the FBI immediately.”

Trump Jr. hit back, slamming Bannon as an “opportunist.” The president stated that Bannon “lost his mind” and “is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look.”

Connections to Cohen

The president’s latest tweet about the Trump Tower meeting comes after various allegations from Cohen. The former Trump lawyer has allegedly provided multiple accounts regarding the president’s knowledge about the gathering.

At this point, the Trump Tower meeting is a central element in the ongoing Russia investigation. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether or not it constituted collusion to engender Trump’s election victory. The president and his supporters have repeatedly dismissed Mueller’s investigation as a “hoax” and “witch hunt.”

Earlier this week, Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, stated that Cohen participated in a conversation with the president and his eldest son about the Trump Tower meeting.

However, on Wednesday, Trump accused his former lawyer of “making up stories” in order to cut himself a deal:

Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple charges on Tuesday, including unlawful campaign contributions and various tax violations.

Trump’s former attorney has claimed that the president ordered him to facilitate payments to Trump’s alleged mistresses Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. Cohen also maintains that the payments were made for the sake of influencing the 2016 election.

Trump denies any accusations of wrongdoing.

Additional updates will follow this report as new developments arise.