>> I'm Donald Trump Jr.>> A new twist in the Donald Trump Jr saga. The New York Times reporting the US president's son was told the Russian government was behind a push to elect his father before the meeting with the Kremlin-linked lawyer that has sparked concern from US lawmakers.
Trump Jr. says he met with that lawyer during the presidential campaign because he thought she had damaging information about then Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. The Times now citing three sources who said a publicist told Trump's eldest son in an email that the information he would receive in the meeting was part of Moscow's effort to sway the election.
And adding the email will likely factor into the ongoing investigation over whether the Trump team had ties to Russia. The latest reported revelation coming just hours after Trump Jr confirmed, he's hired a criminal defense lawyer to represent him after even some Republicans called for him to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Reuters' Criminal Defense Correspondent, Julia Edwards Ainsley, on the potential legal ramification of Don Jr.'s meeting.>> Right now there's a debate, obviously, among experts of federal elections law over whether or not Donald Trump Jr. got anything of value from this meeting with the Russian lawyer. A thing of value is part of a statute that prohibits foreign nationals from contributing or getting involved with US elections.
So that thing of value and the intent is going to be something that will determine whether or not this meeting was legal in the first place. And then could also add into the wider probe of whether or not there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
>> White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on Monday, played down the whole affair.>> Don Jr. took a very short meeting, from which there was absolutely no follow up. The only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed.
>> Allegations over the Trump campaign's ties to Russia have hung over the President's first five months in office. The Justice Department hiring ex-FBI director, Robert Mueller, to head up the investigation.