Trump defends son: 'Most people' would have taken meeting with Russian lawyer

President Trump again on Thursday defended his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., saying "most people" would have taken the controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on then-campaign opponent Hillary Clinton.

"My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, a Russian lawyer. It was a short meeting. It was a meeting that went very quickly, very fast," Trump said during a joint press conference with French President Macron in Paris on Thursday.

"From a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent," Trump added.

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Politicians, pundits sound off on Donald Trump Jr.'s emails
If this isn't treasonous, I'm not sure what is.
Is this Hillary Collusion??
Quick reminder: something doesn't have to be illegal for it to be foolish, wrong and un-American. @DonaldJTrumpJr
.@LindseyGrahamSC on CNN: I know Don Jr and Jared Kushner are new to politics but this is going to require a lot of questions to be answered
.@realDonaldTrump’s son & aides met w/ Russian agent to influence our election. That is a fact.…
.@MerriamWebster definition of #collusion: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful p…
Liberal media in a frenzy because Donald Trump Jr released all his emails. Should've just deleted them. We know that's fine with them!
What seems interesting: Email tells Trump Jr. the effort is part of Russia government's efforts to help Trump. He doesn't ask questions.
"On its face, this email chain is proof of a willingness expressed by @DonaldJTrumpJr to collude with Russia" --@JakeTapper on @CNN
So...this is it right?
I consider my friend @DonaldJTrumpJr a honorable man in every sense of the word . 🇺🇸✌️
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman says Trump Jr. emails are "almost a smoking cannon." Told me "there's no question this is treason."
.@matthewamiller: I don't know how anyone can come out and defend what is in these emails, whether republican or democrat #AMR
Graham: Trump Jr. "definitely has to testify"
Sen. Hatch says the Don Jr. emails are not "relevant" and "all this stuff about Trump's sons and daughter -- it's a bunch of bunk."
Statement from @VPPressSec on Donald Trump Jr meeting and @VP's knowledge
There's NO way Don Jr, Jared & Paul Manafort met w/ the Russian Gov't operative without advising Donald Trump in advance. HE'S GUILTY, TOO!
Tapper: "This can't be dismissed as people out to get Donald J. Trump Jr. or fake news. This is evidence of willing…
So, I just talked to Mark Warner:
Sen @ChrisMurphyCT on Don Jr: "For a long time we saw a lot of smoke but no fire, you're seeing the fire today."

The president also said that since entering politics he's been contacted "many" times by people offering him information on his opponents. And according to Trump, this is a standard part of politics.

"Politics is not the nicest business in the world," claim the meeting was "very standard."

Legal experts, however, have argued differently -- claiming Trump Jr.'s actions could even land him in jail. "It is a crime to solicit or accept anything of value from a foreign national in a campaign," said justice and security analyst Matthew Miller.

Former George W. Bush White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter took things even further, saying Trump Jr.'s meeting amounts to "treason."

"He must have known that the only way Russia would get such information was by spying," Painter added, "In the Bush administration we could have had him in custody for questioning by now."

But Trump on Thursday denied that anything came from the controversial meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. "Nothing happened from the meeting, zero happened form the meeting."

"Honestly I think the press really made a big deal out of something that really a lot of people would do."

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