Donald Trump's legal team doesn't want him to interview with Robert Mueller

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"Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower", the president tweeted. "I did not know about it!"

When news of the meeting surfaced more than a year ago, Trump dictated a statement sent out under his son's name claiming that the meeting was devoted to a discussion of global adoption policies.

But, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports, if Mueller could prove Trump was aware of the meeting in advance, "or cast doubt on denials by Trump and Trump Jr., it would be a dramatic addition to Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential race and possible collusion by the Trump campaign".

Trump Jr went on to blame the Democrats and cable news outlets for blowing the meeting with the Kremlin-connected lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, out of proportion.

The meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and some Russians in 2016, ostensibly to get negative information about Hillary Clinton, is again the subject of blaring headlines. Trump Jr. has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember if he told his father about the meeting. In part the Trump people say, it's totally fine; it's totally legal.

"There are federal statutes that prohibit receiving something of value from a foreign national, foreign entity, or foreign government", he continued. Opposition research on Hillary Clinton?

It is illegal for campaigns to receive monetary or in-kind donations from foreigners and Trump Jr.'s willingness - and excitement - to meet with the Russian lawyer to receive political support from a foreign country could reveal an intent to do just that.

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Beyond any criminal implications, a meeting such as the Trump Tower one would be of interest for counterintelligence reasons as investigators try to understand foreign efforts to penetrate an American campaign or sway public policy.

Sekulow acknowledged that the public explanation for the meeting has changed but insisted that the White House has been very clear with the special counsel's office. Last week, Trump's national security team said Russian Federation was behind "pervasive" attempts to interfere in November 2018 congressional elections. "Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam", Trump said of Cohen. The president has been tweeting at a pretty high frequency about the Mueller investigation recently, and in part that's probably because his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is now on trial.

"In a change, Trump says meeting's goal was Clinton info".

Schiff also said Mr. Trump's "attempt to retract" his comments from the Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland, last month "goes well beyond any allegations of conspiracy". Trump also assailed the trial, just underway, of his former campaign chairman by the special counsel's team.

KEITH: We are back exactly where we were this time previous year, talking about that Trump Tower meeting.

Indeed, that's been the Trump team's story. Well, well, would you look at that: the patented "how dare this Fox moron accuse me of smoking something other than premium cigars" tweet.

He defended calling the media "The Enemy of the People", and said journalists "purposely cause great division and distrust" and can "cause War!"