President Donald Trump’s attorney said on Sunday he’s not aware of any additional meetings the president’s son had with people linked to Russia besides the one with a Russian attorney, and sought to downplay the incident.
Jay Sekulow, who appeared on multiple Sunday morning news programs, told CNN’s Jake Tapper there were “none that I know of," when asked if there were more meetings between Trump Jr. and people linked to Russia.
But Sekulow stressed, as he has in the past, that he represents the president, not his son. He added multiple times that there was nothing illegal about Trump Jr.’s meeting with Kremlin-linked Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and that the president had no prior knowledge of it.
Sekulow also reacted to news that Trump’s campaign spent $50,000 on Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan Futerfas, before stories broke that the president’s son, then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and adviser Jared Kushner met with Veselnitskaya.
“In a situation like this, this is not an unusual situation where the individual that is being questioned, or subject to question, Donald Trump, Jr., retains counsel,” Sekulow said. “It involved an incident that involved an e-mail campaign and a meeting when he was working, doing work for the campaign, so that to me is not an unusual scenario or an unusual set up at all. But I — look, I don’t know the final determination of who’s paying what bills to whom. I mean, I think that’s still in process.”