Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian lawyer 'not illegal,' president's attorney says

Jay Sekulow said Trump Sr. was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.

"The president wasn't aware of the meeting, did not participate in the meeting, did not attend the meeting," Sekulow added.

When pressed whether Trump believed the meeting was appropriate, Sekulow said, "I haven't had the conversation with the president whether he thought it was appropriate or not. Here's what I will tell you: The meeting that took place is not illegal. These kind of meetings take place."

In a statement Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. said Veselnitskaya had "no information to provide."

The president defended his eldest son, saying in a statement Tuesday, "My son is a high-quality person, and I applaud his transparency."

"The meeting itself and what took place at the meeting doesn't violate the law. The president was not aware of it. Donald Trump Jr. said in retrospect he would look at it differently today. But you've got to put yourself in the position they were in," Sekulow said. "They're in the middle of a campaign for the presidency of the United States."