"Nothing happened from the meeting", he added. "So I think I wanted to hear it out".
Trump also questioned whether Putin was really gunning for his victory, as US intelligence agencies have concluded.
Trump, his son and the emails made public this week did not explain what kind of damaging information they had been promised by friends in Moscow. "I urge my colleagues across the aisle to join us in sending a clear message that Congress will not stand for this proposal to undermine USA national security", Lieu said in a statement.
Trump's advisers and supporters have invoked the trite phrase "nothing burger" to brush aside concerns about the Veselnitskaya meeting, and the President has insisted it was nothing more than a "very standard" example of trying to obtain opposition research.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said he meant to send a letter to Trump Jr., summoning him for questioning, US media outlet CNN said, and Trump Jr. may be called upon as early as next week.
According to a new report, while the meeting may have been unproductive, a fifth, unnamed person, a Russian lobbyist who is also a former Soviet intelligence officer, also attended the meeting.
The White House's response to Trump Jr.'s emails was apparently complicated by Trump Jr.'s own misleading statements. Dianne Feinstein, had also called on Trump Jr.to testify. Trump's legal team is growing concerned that Kushner's centrality to the Russian Federation investigation and closeness to the President could pose a legal risk. He was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Clinton and her dealings with Russia.More news: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) hit its 1-Year High price on 12/12/16
"The friendship between our two nations and ourselves is unbreakable", Trump said after talks at the French presidential palace focused on joint US-French efforts to fight terrorism in the Middle East and Africa.
Mackowiak said to expect more strategic distancing and drawn knives from this notoriously leaky, fractious administration as the multiple Russian Federation investigations ramp up.
The remarks in Paris during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron came even though Trump's own Federal Bureau of Investigation pick has said the authorities should be alerted to requests for such meetings during a campaign and even after Donald Trump Jr. said he would rethink his own conduct in agreeing to the gathering in the first place.
Rohrabacher said he shared the data with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Treasury Department. The bank, a key arm of the Russian government, is under tough United States sanctions.
Chafing at criticism that he wants to appease the Kremlin, Trump argued that Putin sees his administration as tougher than if Clinton had been inaugurated.
"It's really the one question I wish I would have asked Putin: Were you actually supporting me?" he said Wednesday during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. "I think you have to assume this isn't going to be the end of the information we get about the meetings, or the substance of the meetings between the Trump campaign and the Russian government".