And Trump's lawyers grimace.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to change his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.
The president also said in his tweet Sunday that the Trump Tower meeting was "to get information on an opponent", which is a departure from the initial statement that asserted that the primary goal of the meeting was to discuss the issue of adoptions.
The president called it "a complete fabrication" that he is "concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower".
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow nevertheless attempted to rationalize the 2016 meeting as legal in an interview Sunday on ABC's This Week.
"The question is how will it be illegal?"
In an interview with CNN, the lawyer warned that the president could let his emotions get the best of him, slowly bubbling up until it explodes. Nobody's pointed to one, ' he said. Also, Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed that there was a preparation meeting that occurred between Trump's campaign team on June 7th, the same day as the speech announcement.
Trump's tweet was a "pretty remarkable shifting of explanations about this meeting", Stephanopoulos pointed out.
Trump, Jr. himself has offered conflicting statements about the meeting, telling Senate investigators in September that he wanted to "hear [the Russians] out" regarding their "information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate".
Amid public uproar over the meeting, the president's son was forced to release follow-up statements, ultimately acknowledging that the meeting's true goal had been to get dirt about Hillary Clinton from a lawyer he had been told was working for the Russian government.More news: Tesla's biggest net loss helps meet production target
Sekulow ― whose career has made him an expert on school voucher and religious freedom cases, not criminal law - claimed that meeting with Russians tied to their country's government with the goal of getting assistance to win a US election was not illegal.
"I am comfortable in saying this: if there was evidence, strong evidence of collusion, I guarantee you it would have been leaked by now", the Republican senator said.
"I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the president", Sekulow claimed in July 2017.
This was initially denied by Mr Trump's team, but his lawyers later confirmed that he had in fact dictated his son's statement.
And they said Trump Jr., Kushner and White House staffers had made a "full disclosure" about that session to Mueller and Congress.
"If I asked Donald a question, I said 'Donald, what time is it?' He'd probably tell me how to build a clock".
President Donald Trump began his Sunday morning with media-bashing tweets so virulent - the "enemy of the people" are "very risky & sick!" and "can also cause War!" - that journalists and the Sunday morning Beltway programs immediately struck back.
The Trump administration maintains they believed the objective of the meeting was to get intelligence on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, however, they have since described the meeting as a "waste of time".