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.
This morning, President Trump tweeted out an admission that contradicts over years worth of statements his team has made about the nature of the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting. As we now know, Trump Jr. later acknowledged that it clearly wasn't just about adoption.
He said that Trump's legal team is inclined "at this point" to advise Trump not to agree to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. "They are very risky & sick!" he posted on Twitter.
One part of the inquiry has focussed on a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower in NY between Donald Jr., other campaign aides and a group of Russians.
Since that point, it has resulted in charges against 32 individuals and three Russian companies and five guilty pleas, including those from Trump's deputy campaign chairman and his initial national security adviser.
CNN reported last month that Michael Cohen, the president's longtime personal lawyer, was willing to tell Mueller that Trump did know about the Trump Tower meeting in advance. Far from something that is "done all the time", Trump's admission would make him the first US presidential candidate in history to admit accepting campaign aid from the Russian government.
Trump, of course, claims to not knowing about the meeting, in spite of his involvement in the statement mentioned above.
Trump has repeatedly denied collusion with Russian Federation or any other wrongdoing.
"Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent", Trump wrote on Twitter.
These are all significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government.
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. I made a mistake in my statement, I've talked about that before.
"When you look at a meeting that took place a year before - now two years ago - the question is, what law, statute, rule or regulation's been violated, and nobody's pointed to one", Sekulow added. "Did I meet with people that were Russian?"
Sekulow, repeating the recent mantra of Trump's legal team and of the president himself, said there "has been no evidence at this point of any type of collusion by the president".
And he raged against the media's obsession with his links to Russian Federation and the status of Michael Cohen, his former fixer, who is under federal investigation in NY.
But legal experts have pointed out several possible criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States and aiding and abetting a conspiracy. Last week, Trump's national security team said Russian Federation was behind "pervasive" attempts to interfere in November 2018 congressional elections. "They can also cause War!"