Trump says son was 'open, transparent and innocent' in discussing Russia emails

PHOTO: Donald Trump, right, standing with his son Donald Trump Jr. after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., July 10, 2017.PlayJewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
WATCH President Trump defends Donald Jr.'s actions

President Donald Trump defended his son Wednesday morning amid the swirling controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr.’s emails regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer, praising him for being “open” and “transparent."

“My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent,” the president tweeted, referring to his son’s appearance last night on Fox News after releasing the emails. “This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!”

Minutes later, he posted a second tweet, writing, “Remember, when you hear the word ‘sources say’ from the Fake Media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist.”

On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted four pages from what he said is an email chain with music producer Rob Goldstone. The messages appear to show Trump being offered damning information about Hillary Clinton in the heat of the 2016 presidential race. In response, Trump wrote, “I love it.”

The emails preceded a meeting with the lawyer. Also at the meeting were Donald Trump Sr.’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

In his interview on Fox with Sean Hannity, Donald Trump Jr. said his father had known nothing about the meeting and said in a statement Tuesday the lawyer had “no information to provide.”

In a statement Tuesday, the president said, “My son is a high-quality person, and I applaud his transparency.”