>> A new wrinkle in the Donald Trump Jr. saga. The New York Times reporting Monday the US President's son was told the Russian government was behind a push to elect his father, before the meeting with a Moscow linked lawyer that sparked concern from American lawmakers. Trump Jr. says he met with that lawyer because he thought they had damaging information about then candidate Hillary Clinton.
Now the Times cites three sources saying a publicist told Trump's elder son in an email that the information was part of the Kremlin's effort to sway the campaign. The newspaper says the message would likely factor into the ongoing investigation of a whether team Trump had ties with Russia.
That report coming just hours after Trump junior confirms he'd hired a criminal defense lawyer to represent him, after even some republicans called for him to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The president's first five months in office have been haunted by allegations of his campaign's ties to Russia, the Justice Department hiring ex-FBI director Robert Mueller to head up the investigation.
Russia has denied involvement in trying to tilt the election scales for Trump.