President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow admitted on ABC News’ “This Week” that he had misled the public about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian officials in 2016 at Trump Tower.
Sekulow, a self-described Christian who hosts his own radio show where he spreads conspiracy theories and fundraises for his controversial charities, explained how he made inaccurate claims while gathering information on his own client:
There was a lot of information we were gathering. As my colleague Rudy Giuliani said at the time, I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement. I’ve talked about that before. That happens when you have cases like this.
In October 2017, Sekulow defended George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Meanwhile, Trump admitted on Twitter that his son met with the Russians, a fact that he and Sekulow denied for months:
Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018