'This is the greatest witch hunt in political history - President Trump defends son's meeting with Russian lawyer
US President Donald Trump has once against come out in support of his son Donald Trump Jrin the wake of the news that he met with a Russian lawyer who promised him compromising information on rival Hillary Clinton.
The 39-year-old executive with The Trump Organisation is embroiled in controversy and a potential investigation after a New York Times report on the conversation.
An email exchange posted to Twitter by Mr Trump Jr showed him conversing with a music publicist who wanted him to meet with a "Russian government attorney" who supposedly had dirt on Mrs Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr Trump".
The messages reveal that Mr Trump Jr was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Mrs Clinton and her dealings with Russia.
My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
Before the newspaper published the emails in its entirety, Trump Jr shared them on his Twitter account.
His father has praised his actions, also on Twitter, saying: "My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!"
Earlier this week, he described his son as "high quality" person, adding: "I applaud his transparency."