Trump goes on attack as Russia revelations appear to take toll

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BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump unleashed a new fusillade of tweets Sunday morning, defending his son Donald Trump Jr., slashing the news media and tarring his long-vanquished opponent, Hillary Clinton.

After a leisurely Saturday afternoon spent at a women's golf tournament at his club here, where he waved to the crowd from a glassed-in viewing stand, Trump awoke with a familiar list of grievances.

"HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News media?" he tweeted shortly before 7 a.m. Forty minutes later, he posted, "With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country."

Trump has gone through one of the rockiest stretches of his presidency since the disclosure of a meeting in June 2016 between his son and a Kremlin-linked lawyer. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, also attended, as did a Russian-American lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin.

On Sunday, the top Democrats investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election said that emails that Donald Trump Jr. sent about the meeting with the Russian lawyer appeared to confirm that members of the Trump campaign had intended to cooperate with Russian officials.

"This is about as clear of evidence you could find of intent by the campaign to collude with the Russians, to get useful information from the Russians," Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on ABC's "This Week."

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he wanted to speak with those who attended the meeting. "You saw not only willingness, but actually glee from the president's son, as well as involvement of the campaign manager and the president's son-in-law to say, in effect, yes, bring it on," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Jay Sekulow, who is part of Trump's outside legal team, appeared on several Sunday morning talk shows to defend the president, saying that he had nothing to do with his son's meeting.

"The president has said that he was not aware of it, wasn't involved in it, and there's been no indication otherwise," Sekulow said on CBS.


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