According to sources speaking to NBC News, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and alleged collusion with the Trump administration has a very specific focus.
NBC reported Monday that the investigation is looking into what role, if any, President Trump had in covering up the meeting between his son, Donald Trump Jr., and Russian nationals at Trump Tower in June of 2016.
One source told them Mueller was seeking to discover if Trump had knowingly made a false statement about the meeting. "Even if Trump is not charged with a crime as a result of the statement," the source said, "it could be useful to Mueller's team to show Trump's conduct to a jury that may be considering other charges."
The sources also told NBC that investigations are attempting to uncover what Trump knew about the meeting.
Prior to the revelation about the meeting, members of the Trump administration vehemently denied any meeting with Russians, but after a leak exposed the previously undisclosed rendezvous, Trump Jr. released emails about it through his social media account.
It has since been reported by the Washington Post in July that the statement put out by Trump Jr. was in fact dictated by the president.
"I asked Jared and Paul to stop by," the statement read. "We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up."
Later it was revealed that Trump Jr. had actually gone to the meeting hoping to obtain Hillary's emails from the Russian government. He protested that he had done nothing wrong because Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya had only discussed repealing the Magnitsky Act, sanctions imposed on Russians who were accused of human rights abuses and which led to Putin cutting off U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
Russian Prime Minister, and former president, Medvedev said that Trump was likely going to be forced out by the establishment after he signed new sanctions against Russia because of an overwhelming bipartisan vote in Congress.
On Friday, two separate reports from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal said that Mueller was seeking information from associates of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, and also seeking to find out whether his former national security advisor Mike Flynn had sought out Hillary's emails from the Russians.