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"(Adoptions) was the primary thing that we had spoken about in the meeting", Trump Jr. said.

He said he and other Trump lawyers have been discussing the details of a draft version of the letter in recent days and hope to send it to Mueller "sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday".

President Trump has repeatedly denied that his campaign worked with Moscow, saying "No Collusion!" At the center of the session: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others with Russia connections.

Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent.

Eliason noted that Mueller is investigating Russian election activity and that Trump himself is not on the ballot, so the Justice Department rule of thumb about timing and elections may not apply in this case.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Sunday that the United States would "enforce the sanctions" it is reimposing against Iran after Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear pact.

Quigley puts his thumb squarely on the problem: Trump's latest assertions make the whole affair look like a conspiracy. Giuliani has stalled on whether the president will sit for an interview with Mueller, attempted to move the goalposts by emphasizing that "collusion is not a crime", and even employed dramatic facial expressions to suggest that it's Mueller's team, not the White House, that's being kooky and unreasonable. But there are potential criminal concerns as well. It's called opposition research or even research into your opponent.

"It depends on motives and knowledge at the time of the meeting". In part the Trump people say, it's totally fine; it's totally legal.

But when news of the meeting first became public past year, Donald Trump Jr. issued a statement saying it was about Russian adoptions and mentioned nothing about politics or opposition research.

"No, I did not", Junior responded when asked if he had informed his father of the meeting or of the offer he received from the Russians - dirt on Hillary Clinton - prior to the meeting.

We have since learned that the elder Trump actually dictated that statement. They described the statement, which had not mentioned that the Russian lawyer was expected to bring damaging information about Clinton, as "short but accurate". File Photo by REUTERS/Carlos Barria. "I will tell you his legal team is concerned", Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

Trump might as well have just confirmed The Post's report that he is anxious about what the meeting portends for his son.

Indeed, that's been the Trump team's story.

"And I'm going to say now on the record, they will never find any because there isn't any", he said.

- President Trump is changing his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.

Trump calling the meeting "totally legal" and "done all the time" in politics'.

He concluded by further distancing himself from the meeting his son arranged, writing, "I did not know about it!"

"The real question here is, would a meeting of that nature constitute a violation of the law?"

The office was already probing Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump's former personal lawyer, for matters including bank fraud and campaign-finance violations.