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Special
counsel Robert Mueller (left) and Donald Trump Jr. (seen in the
turquoise shirt) at Reagan National Airport


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of POLITICO Playbook



  • Special counsel Robert Mueller and Donald Trump Jr.
    were photographed waiting for their flights at the same gate at
    Washington Reagan airport on Friday morning. 
  • Mueller is currently investigating Russian meddling in
    the 2016 presidential election, and the Trump campaign’s
    potential role in it. 
  • Multiple outlets reported on Thursday that Trump Jr.
    told his father beforehand about a meeting with a Russian
    lawyer and lobbyist at Trump tower, citing sources close to
    Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen.

It’s not every day that special counsel Robert Mueller appears in
a photograph with a member of the Trump family, but a snapshot
captured by Politico’s Playbook shows
Mueller and Donald Trump Jr. both waiting to board their flights
from Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport’s gate 35X on Friday
morning. 

In the photo, which originally appeared in Politico’s Playbook PM
newsletter, Mueller is on the far left sitting and reading a
newspaper, while Donald Jr. is spotted in the background wearing
a turquoise shirt and camouflage hat, flanked by two Secret
Service agents. 

The awkward run-in comes a day after several bombshell
revelations were reported relating to Mueller’s probe into
Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and the Trump
campaign’s potential role in it. 

First, The New York Times reported that Mueller is looking into
whether Trump’s negative tweets about several public officials
involved in the Russia probe could constitute obstruction of justice and/or
witness tampering.

And then on Thursday night, multiple news outlets including CNN
and NBC reported that Trump’s former
lawyer Michael Cohen claims he overheard Trump Jr. telling his
father, President Donald Trump, in advance about a July 9, 2016
meeting at Trump Tower.

The meeting, which was between Trump Jr., other campaign affairs,
and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, came about after
Veselnitskaya originally promised damaging information about
Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign. It is against federal law
for political campaigns to accept such help from foreign
governments. 

Trump and his legal team have since claimed that Veselnitskaya
did not present the incriminating information about Clinton, the
2016 Democratic presidential nominee, that she promised. They
also say she had no ties to the Kremlin, and acted only in her
capacity as a private citizen.

An Associated Press story also published on Thursday draws
closer connections between
Veselnitskaya and top Russian officials than previously reported,
referring to Veselnitskaya as a “ghostwriter” for government
lawyers. 

But if Cohen’s claims hold up, it would contradict statements
Trump Jr. made under oath in congressional hearings, when he
claimed that his father knew nothing about the meeting
beforehand, which Trump has also claimed. 

Next Wednesday, Mueller’s team will begin prosecuting Trump
campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was also present at the
Trump tower meeting, on federal tax and bank fraud charges in
Virginia. 

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