Subtext of his morning Tweet about the Trump Tower meeting: Don Jr. is guilty and I didn't know anything about it.
In other words: Lock up my son, not me - I mean I am so innocent that when Jr. later told me, I wasn't even aware he did anything illegal. This follows family division, seen as disloyalty, in the past few days when Ivanka Trump contradicted 45 on immigration and the media, and Melania Trump took a different position on LeBron James.
The whole family all knows that the old guy is sick in the head. They undermine his delusions and now he is mad at them all. As he is with the rest of the world.
Here Trump admits that they did it, even though they've lied about it in the past. His only concern is that he doesn't want to appear to be "worried" about it. Or have anyone think that he was responsible. Here, take my son.
His adding that "it's not a crime" doesn't legalize the activity.
Finally - the President tells a partial truth. This contradicts the original statement released by the White House - which Donald himself helped compose - that the meeting was about 'adoptions'. The walls are closing in on Donald Trump and his traitorous progeny.
Here is how Ted Lieu puts it:
It would appear that the President of the United States has just admitted that an impeachable offense has been committed. Or at least his son did it, and without his knowledge.
Junior just got thrown under the bus by his panicking papa. Father of the year.
The only question left is "Did Trump know about the meeting beforehand?"
My money says he knew.
Mod: More on this theme.
The meeting between Trump’s top aides and a Kremlin-linked lawyer, which has reportedly been at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was initially presented by Trump’s team as an innocuous discussion on adoptions of Russian children.
In a statement explaining the motives of the meeting later reported to have been dictated by Trump himself, Donald Trump Jr. said the purpose of the gathering was to discuss “a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago.”
On Sunday, however, the president admitted for the first time, on Twitter of all places, that the meeting was held to “get information on an opponent.” Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, also backtracked on his earlier statements regarding the meeting.
In an interview on ABC News’ This Week, Sekulow said his initial claim that the president was not involved in penning Trump Jr.’s statement on the meeting was wrong.
“I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement ... Over time facts develop,” he said.
The big picture: It’s one of the most striking public reversals in modern presidential history, even though he made a similar point before, and even though it was done casually via an early morning tweet. It involves Russia, Air Force One, a presidential son, shady operatives, allegations of collusion and a federal probe — all in one.
Trump tweeted: "Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!"
This is the same president who dictated a statement to the media saying the meeting was about primarily about the adoption of Russian children, not campaign dirt offered by shady Russians with connections to Putin.
Why it matters: It’s a striking acknowledgment about a central moment in an international debate over international collusion — and a central moment being scrubbed for illegalities by special counsel Bob Mueller.
Mod: The case is pretty much made. And Donald Trump himself confirmed it. All that is left now is for government prosecutors to roll out the case and set up the perp walk.