But according to CNN and NBC, Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who is under investigation and has fallen out with the president, claims he was present when Donald Jr. told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and that Trump approved of it.
Cohen and Trump worked together for over a decade, and as the recording that was released earlier in the week where the pair were conspiring to deceive former Playboy model Karen McDougal into thinking her story about Trump was going to be published shows, they were casual in their discussions of some extremely dirty laundry.
He said that since Trump cut ties with Cohen, the NY attorney has felt "reckless" and inclined to do "down and dirty things" like his release of a private taped conversation with Trump to Chris Cuomo, a CNN anchor and brother of the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo (D).
The Trump Tower meeting was arranged by a music promoter, Rob Goldstone, who reached out to Trump Jr saying he had "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father". As evidence accumulates, it becomes harder to believe Trump had no idea what was happening.
President Donald Trump (L) and his son Donald Trump, Jr., walk to a motorcade from the North Portico of the White House on July 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
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Trump has denied having prior knowledge of the meeting. "I would not accept him in a case as a witness, as a prosecutor", he added later.
"We know from other records that the president, then-candidate Donald Trump, was there in the Trump Tower office that day, and then had even more opportunity to speak to his son because they went off-site to a campaign luncheon".
Any public statements that denounce or reprimand officials investigating him could be seen as obstruction of justice under some theories of prosecution. The network host stated the meeting "falls a long way from any hint of collusion between Trump and the Kremlin". He also made a not-so-subtle suggestion that Cohen is being used by his lawyer, Lenny Davis, a former Clinton attorney, to advance "Bill and Crooked Hillary's" agenda. "So tell me Rudy, why should we trust Trump's denials?"
Donald Trump Jr and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have both testified - one to Congress, the other to the special counsel - that the president knew nothing about the meeting until details of it emerged a year later.
When asked in July 2017 about the Trump Tower meeting, Trump stated that he had "only heard about it two or three days ago". "I can also send this info to your father".