Trump fears his son may have inadvertently gotten into legal trouble: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE reportedly fears that his son Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Donald Trump Jr. attacks Cheney at CPAC: 'Lincoln Project Liz' Trump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe MORE may have inadvertently gotten himself into legal trouble.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump has told advisers and close confidants he doesn’t believe his son knowingly broke any law, but said Trump Jr. could have unwittingly crossed a legal line.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE is examining Trump Jr. for his role in arranging a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and Trump campaign officials, including himself.


Music publicist Rob Goldstone told Trump Jr. in an email that the Russians were offering damaging information on Democratic candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE as part of their support for Trump.

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied to Goldstone.

Trump Jr. later called the meeting a waste of time and said they only discussed Russian adoption policies.

CNN reported last month that Trump’s former longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is willing to tell Mueller that then-candidate Trump approved the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, though Cohen reportedly does not have evidence to back up his claims.

Trump and others, including Trump Jr., have asserted numerous times that the president did not know about the meeting until The New York Times first reported about it last July.

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said after the CNN report that the president did not know about the meeting, calling Cohen's claims "flat out untrue."

Trump Jr. testified before Congress last year that his father did not know about the meeting.

Still, an ex-Trump Organization executive pushed back on the president and his allies' claims that then-candidate Trump was unaware of the meeting, saying it was "impossible" for Trump not to have known about such an arrangement. 

"Impossible, in my opinion, based on my experience working with Trump and everybody that worked with Trump," Barbara Res told CNN when asked if it was possible that Trump Jr. would not relay a message to his father about Moscow's support for Trump's presidential bid.

"Something major, something newsworthy, something press-worthy would always go before Trump."