“This is the sum of all fears stuff. It’s what we’ve all been dreading,” said one White House official who is now exploring the possibility of retaining an attorney, a step described as purely precautionary…

Donald Trump, Jr.

...Since the campaign, a popular, behind-his-back nickname for Trump Jr. within among these advisers has been “Fredo,” referring to Fredo Corleone, the insecure and weak failure of a son in The Godfather series who ends up causing major damage to the family. Over the past week, one senior White House official and a former top Trump campaign aide both independently and bluntly described the president’s son as an “idiot” — one who played a role in the campaign and Trump’s political rise simply because he “shares the same DNA,” the official noted.”

According to the same article, those inside the Trump White House do not want to clean up Mr. Trump, Jr.’s mess but will inevitably have due to the biological relationship with the President. The President’s team is playing defense for the country’s chief executive, claiming that President Trump was unaware of any such meeting between his son and Kremlin-connected attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Mr. Trump Jr. was enthusiastic about meeting Ms. Veselnitskaya on the pretext that she had damaging information about her father’s election adversary Hillary Clinton.

In emails released today, Mr. Trump’s Jr. was well aware of the provenance of this information: the Russian government.