FILE PHOTO: Donald Trump Jr. (L) gives a thumbs up beside his father Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) after Trump's debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S. September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. that he wanted to be “totally transparent” after facing several days of questions about news stories of a June 2016 meeting he had with a Russian lawyer and his reported interest in learning potentially compromising information about Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton from the meeting. 
On Tuesday morning, the Times asked Trump Jr. to respond by 11 a.m. to new details it had learned from emails about the meeting, according to deputy managing editor Matt Purdy. Given the possibility Trump Jr. would try to get out in front of the story, the Times had a version of it ready to go. Shortly after Trump Jr.’s 11 a.m. tweet, the Times published its initial story, followed by a more comprehensive version soon after. 
The reporters wrote Tuesday about how Trump Jr. received an email before the June 2016 meeting from an intermediary who had promised “very high level and …