Trump has been concerned for months now that the Mueller probe could reach his family, and potentially his son-in-law Jared Kushner, but his focus has turned to his namesake in recent weeks, one person who speaks with Trump frequently tells CNN. This is one of several reasons Trump has upped his public attacks on Mueller, because he doesn’t want him touching his family, the person adds.
Others who have been close to the President — including his former White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon — have suggested the President at the very least knew shortly after the fact.
Asked about CNN’s latest reporting on the President’s mindset, a source close to Trump Jr. said he’s not concerned and maintains he did nothing wrong
Earlier this week, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, told CNN, “If he misled the committee, he’s lying to Congress. That’s a crime. And that’d be up to the prosecutors, not me.”
“We have investigated this matter for over a year and are in command of the facts,” Futerfas said. “We are fully confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Donald Trump Jr. in the various investigations.”
The White House declined to comment regarding the President’s concern about his son, instead referring questions to Trump’s legal team.
When asked for reaction, Trump’s lead attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN in a statement:
“Just not so. After over a year or more of investigating … there is no evidence of any wrongdoing on his part or for that matter POTUS. Nothing has changed. We are not worried about Michael Cohen because he has no knowledge of wrongdoing and has recorded it in one version or another so often that he can’t be believed or relied on.”
The Washington Post earlier Saturday reported about some of Trump’s concerns about the effects of the investigation on Trump Jr.
CNN’s Dana Bash contributed to this report.