NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. has always been a fighter who supported the president's more aggressive instincts and been one of his fiercest defenders. Now the president's eldest son is at the center of the firestorm swirling around his father's administration and trying to fight off charges that he was open to colluding with Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. Offered Russian help in defeating Hillary Clinton last year, Don Jr. jumped at the offer: "I love it," he emailed.

That was in an email chain the younger Trump released Tuesday in which an associate arranging a June 2016 meeting between the president's son and a Kremlin-linked lawyer promised damaging information about Clinton.