President Trump on Tuesday praised his son Donald Trump Jr. after he released an email chain detailing his meeting with a Russian lawyer who possibly had information about Hillary Clinton.
“My son is a high quality person, and I applaud his transparency,” he said in a statement read by deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Tuesday, according to CNN.
“Beyond that, I’m going to have to refer everything beyond this matter to Don Jr.’s counsel and outside counsel,” she added.
Sanders reportedly declined to answer several follow-up questions, which came during an off-camera White House press briefing.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday attacked Trump’s defense of his eldest son, who is under a barrage of criticism for his controversial meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya last year.
Me: "Alexa, is Donald Trump Jr a high quality person?"— Paul Mitchell (@mrmitchell78) July 11, 2017
Echo: "Sorry, I can't access the 7th circle of Hell to obtain this information"
Other people defended Donald Trump Jr., who met with Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2016 after hearing Veselnitskaya may have damaging information about Clinton.
Listening to someone who may have info is not the same as colllusion. Cmon now. This is getting ridiculous. Donald Trump Jr— Joe America (@Myraceisamerica) July 11, 2017
The newest collusion narrative involving Donald Trump Jr is already falling apart. So sad— Alexander Aivazis (@AlexAivazis) July 11, 2017
Sanders said that it is “ridiculous” to suggest that Donald Trump Jr’s meeting last year amounted to treason as some critics contend, according to The Hill.
The deputy press secretary added she was not able to clarify the last year President Trump spoke with his eldest son.
Donald Trump Jr. earlier Tuesday released a series of emails documenting how his meeting with Veselnitskaya emerged during the 2016 presidential race.
“[The information] would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” reads of the emails from Rob Goldstone, who acted as an intermediary arranging the huddle.
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Trump,” he added.
Clinton was the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee who ultimately lost to President Trump, her Republican counterpart, last November.
The FBI and several congressional committees are probing Russian meddling in the 2016 race, including possible collusion between Russia and President Trump’s election campaign.