Trump Jr., in his new book, says he did not “exploit” the Russian strategy in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump Jr.’s book, “The Trump Way,” was released Tuesday, three weeks before he testified in front of Congress about his meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.
The meeting, which took place in June 2016, became the subject of a special congressional investigation, which found that Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort shared damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Trump, who is now president, says the information came from a Russian government-backed website.
Trump’s attorney, Marc Kasowitz, said in a statement that Trump is not trying to deny any of the allegations in the book.
“The book is a work of fiction, and is not intended to disparage anyone or diminish the importance of the events it describes,” Kasowitz said.
Trump also denied that his meeting was a setup by the Russian government to benefit him.
He has said he didn, in fact, tell Russian President Vladimir Putin that he had dirt on Clinton, a charge the Russians have denied.
“No, it was not a Russian operation.
No, it wasn’t a Russian intelligence operation,” Trump said at a press conference on Thursday.
“And, as I have said many times, this was not about Russia.”
Trump has since taken to Twitter to defend himself, accusing Kasowitz of being a liar and a hack.
“My campaign was not colluding with Russia, and I have no idea who the sources were,” Trump tweeted.
“So I am very disappointed that my daughter’s book is being used as a weapon to attack me.
She is a great person & the book is false.”
Trump also tweeted that he doesn’t think his father’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort should be tried in a Russian court.
“I hope Manafort gets the death penalty for his crimes in the US, but he is guilty in the UK, and it’s time to get tough with Russia,” he tweeted.
Kasowitz also took aim at Trump Jr’s father, Donald Trump Jr.; he has called the president’s eldest son a “phony.”
Trump Jr told ABC News he was surprised by Kasowitz’s attack.
“He said the Russian information was false.
And I was like, ‘Oh my god, what?'”
Trump Jr said.
“It was kind of funny, because I had no idea it was a book.”
Kasowitz is expected to take his case before a grand jury next week.
Trump is also set to appear before a Senate Judiciary Committee next week on his financial ties to Russia, which he says are not public knowledge.
Kasitz’s lawyer, Mark Corallo, said he would be in court on Monday to discuss the charges.
Trump has said that his campaign did not collude with Russia.
He also denies that he and Manafort met with Russian officials.
The Republican also has accused Democrats of trying to politicize his campaign and say that he didn the Russian-government-backed websites in an effort to sway the election in Trump’s favor.
“That is a completely false allegation,” Trump Jr wrote in his book.