President Donald Trump is concerned about whether his son Donald Trump Jr. might have exposure in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, leading to his increasingly frenzied public agitation over Robert Mueller, sources close to the White House tell CNN.
President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if special counsel Robert Mueller's team tries to subpoena the president as part of the Russian Federation investigation.
In what has become a time-honored tradition, Donald Trump took to Twitter early Sunday Morning, and when the dust settled, the President admitted that there was collusion with a foreign power in the 2016 election.
Trump, Jr. himself has offered conflicting statements about the meeting, telling Senate investigators in September that he wanted to "hear [the Russians] out" regarding their "information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate".
Last July, Sekulow had said the president "didn't sign off on anything" in regards to the Trump Tower meeting.
ABC's George Stephanopoulos pressed Sekulow on the attorney's previous assertions that the president had nothing to do with writing a statement to The New York Times, seeking to explain the Trump Tower meeting on behalf of his son.
Sunday's tweet appears to acknowledge that the meeting was actually predicated on opposition research: "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent".
Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort were known to have attended the meeting with Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations by US intelligence agencies that his government meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt that should be shut down.
"The question is how will it be illegal?"
Donald Trump Jr, along with his father, US President Donald Trump, and others in the administration have downplayed the importance of the meeting. The president told confidants that he doesn't believe that his son purposefully or knowingly broke any law, however he may have wandered into a legal mess.
'I don't represent Don Jr., but I will tell you I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told that he's a target of any investigation, and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel, ' he said. Then, during the rolling political disaster that followed, Trump Jr.
U.S. President Donald Trump makes a comment about how hot the room is during his Make America Great Again rally in Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, OH, U.S., August 4, 2018. "They can also cause War!"