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Trump shifts focus from Russia investigation

THE PRESIDENT IS INSISTING IN HIS PUSHBACK THAT THIS MEETING WAS ALL ADO ABOUT NOTHING. PRESIDENT TRUMP DEFENDED HIS SON’S JUNE 2016 MEETING WITH THE RUSSIAN LAWYER THAT PROMISE THE DAMAGING INFORMATION ON HILLARY CLINTON, CALLING IT SOMETHING NORMAL IN THE WORLD OF POLITICS. THE PRESIDENT TWEETING, MOST POLITICIANS WOULD HAVE GONE TO A MEETING LIKE THE ONE DONALD JR. ATTENDED IN ORDER TO GET NEWS ON THE OPPONENT. THEY TOLD CHRISTOPHER WRAY LAST WEEK THAT THE PROPER THING TO DO WOULD HAVE BEEN TO CALL THE FBI. THE PRESIDENT’S LAWYER JAY SEKULOW TRIED TO SHIFT THE FOCUS TO THE SECRET SERVICE. >> IF THIS WAS NEFARIOUS, WHY DID THE PRESIDENT NOT HAVE THE SECRET SERVICE IN? >> Reporter: BUT THE SECRET SERVICE SAID DONALD TRUMP JR. WAS NOT A PROTECTEE OF THE SECRET SERVICE IN 2016. THUS WE WOULD NOT HAVE SCREENED ANYONE HE WAS MEETING WITH AT THAT TIME. DONALD AND IVANKA DID HAVE SECRET SERVICE AT THAT TIME AND ANYONE ENTERING WOULD HAVE GONE THROUGH SECURITY TO CHECK FOR WEAPONS. DONALD JR., JARED KUSHNER AND CAMPAIGN CHAIR PAUL MANAFORT REPRESENTED THE CAMPAIGN. MUSIC PUBLICIST ROBERT GOLDSTONE ARRANGED THE MEETING AND NATALIA VESELN VESELNITSKAYA, A PROMINENT FATHER AND SON TEAM IN RUSSIA. THEY FEATURED THE FUTURE PRESIDENT IN HIS MUSIC VIDEO. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE ONLY BECAME AWARE OF THE JUNE 2016 MEETING RECENTLY. >> THE PRESIDENT, AND THIS HAS BEEN AVERTED, WAS NOT AWARE OF THE MEETING. >> Reporter: THEY PAID $50,000 TO THE LAW FIRM NOW REPRESENTING DONALD TRUMP JR. JUST DAYS BEFORE HE AMENDED HIS SECURITY CLEARANCE FORM, INCLUDING THAT MEETING WITH NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA AND ONE DAY AFTER CNN ASKED ABOUT IT. THE MEETING DIDN’T BECOME PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS, BUT IT RAISES QUESTIONS WHETHER MAYBE TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN TEAM KNEW THE DISCLOSURE WOULD CAUSE PROBLEMS. >> THE INDIVIDUAL THAT’S BEING QUESTIONED OR SUBJECT TO QUESTIONING, DONALD TRUMP JR., RETAINS COUNSEL. IT INVOLVED AN INCIDENT THAT INVOLVED A CAMPAIGN IN THE