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Mueller is reportedly investigating whether President Trump willfully mischaracterized Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer

Donald Trump Jr. claimed in a statement on July 8 that his meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June of last year had been "primarily" to discuss "a program about the adoption of Russian children," a comment now known to be misleading. Trump Jr. later admitted he met with the Russian lawyer after having been tempted by the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr.'s July 8 statement, though, was reportedly "personally dictated" not by Trump Jr. but by his father, President Trump, and it is at the heart of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's newest interest in the ongoing probe into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, CNN reports.

Mueller and his team are reportedly looking to speak to staffers who were traveling on Air Force One with President Trump when he allegedly dictated his son's statement. "Mueller wants to know how the statement aboard Air Force One was put together, whether information was intentionally left out, and who was involved," people with knowledge of the probe told CNN. "Mueller's questions could go to the issue of intent and possible efforts to conceal information during an obstruction of justice investigation."

While the White House refused to comment on "any special counsel request," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed last month that Trump had a hand in crafting a statement that is now known to have buried the real motive behind the Trump Tower meeting. President Trump had "weighed in, as any father would," she said.