Jay Sekulow, one of President Trump's lawyers, said the president is aware of 'no meetings' with Russians during the 2016 campaign. He told CBS the president found out about his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer right before the news broke last week. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump's personal lawyers, said the president is aware of 'no meetings' with Russians during his 2016 campaign and was not aware of the meeting that his son, Donald Trump, Jr., had with a Russian lawyer before the news broke last week about it. "The president has been very clear on that he said he has no, had no meetings, was aware of no meeting with Russians, was not aware of this one until really right before it all broke," Sekulow said. Trump Jr. acknowledged meeting with a Russian lawyer in New York City during the 2016 presidential campaign after he was told she might have damaging information about his father's rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. According to emails released by Trump Jr. last week, he eagerly agreed to meet the woman, who he was told was a Russian government lawyer. The woman, Natalia Veselnitskaya, said she is a private lawyer and denies having Kremlin ties. On Friday, NBC News reported that a lobbyist who was once a Soviet counter-intelligence officer participated in the meeting, which was also attended by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the president's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. A federal special counsel and several congressional panels are investigating allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as potential connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. Moscow has denied any interference and the president and Trump Jr. have denied any collusion.