Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, on Sunday said the President knew nothing about and was not present for Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of the efforts by the Russian Federation’s attempts to help Trump’s campaign.
“I don’t represent Donald Trump Jr. and I do not know everyone for sure that was at that meeting and the President was not at the meeting,” Sekulow said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I can tell you he was not there. The President was not aware of the meeting and did not attend it.”
Sekulow added that Trump “became aware of it very recently” and that he found out about the meeting at “the same time, almost exactly the same time.”
When asked about the idea that Trump Jr. was trying to bend the truth about what happened in the meeting by changing his story, Sekulow said, “There was nothing illegal to cover up.”
“That was information that was controlled not by my client, not by the President. It was controlled by Donald Trump Jr.,” he said. “The President was not involved in that decision.”