During the January hearing, in which Veselnitskaya requested an extension of her immigration parole, federal prosecutors described how rare the exemption she had been granted in really was.
The challenge for President Trump's attorneys has become, at its core, managing the unmanageable - their client.
Those subtle shifts in the President's account are notable for several reasons: He describes the meeting as told to him by Trump Jr., and he claims he learned about it days after it was first written up in the New York Times. In an email in the chain, Goldstone writes, "Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting".
Again the body language was warm, with Trump complimenting Macron's wife and even giving the French leader a lift back to the presidency in his eight-tonne car, known as The Beast.
Nearly two months after Trump retained outside counsel to represent him in the investigations of alleged Russian meddling in last year's election, his and Kushner's attorneys are struggling to enforce traditional legal boundaries to protect their clients, according to half a dozen people with knowledge of the internal dynamics and ongoing interactions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.
However, Christopher A. Wray, Trump's nominee to serve as FBI director, said in congressional testimony Wednesday that any politician receiving such an email from a foreign entity offering damaging information on a political opponent should alert the FBI.
Trump also offered a very different description of the border barrier than he portrayed in campaign rallies, where he would sometimes talk about a wall 30 feet high. Their story changed as New York Times reporters developed more information as to what happened.
Trump also laid blame at the feet of Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch, saying that he "heard" Lynch was the one to approve the Russian lawyer's visa to come into the country.
The video shows the future President Donald Trump attending a dinner with an Azerbaijani-Russian family who became Trump's business partners in Las Vegas in June 2013.
As in Trump's West Wing, lawyers on the outside teams have been deeply distrustful of one another and suspicious of motivations. So far, Republican politicians, with a precious few exceptions, are failing this ethics exam. "The State Department issues visas, and the Department of Homeland Security oversees entry to the United States at airports", the statement said. "We've got to get to the bottom of it", Wyden told reporters.
Trump's lawyers wouldn't comment to the Times on this sequence of events; at least one White House staffer told the newspaper it was a coincidence. Could scandalous political behavior provide a shield for scandalous public policy?
"I do think this: I think from a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting", Trump said. "It was a meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast", he said at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.
"I don't think this is the right time, but the answer is yes I would", said Trump, who was en route to Paris.
Macron had warned on the eve of Trump's arrival that "the Western world is fracturing since the American election" and that the world order established after World War II was under threat. It was a short meeting. "He said absolutely not", Trump said.
Some Republicans may bemoan the press's work to reveal Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting, but it was also the press that brought to light meetings between Hillary Clinton allies and anti-Trump Ukrainians looking to boost Clinton's chances of winning the White House. "Nothing happened from the meeting".