Top GOP Lawmaker On Intel Committee Just Called For Trump Jr. To Be Questioned
As the scandal surrounding the recent revelation that President Trump’s eldest son met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after she promised to provide damaging information on Clinton intensifies, several lawmakers are calling for a formal investigation into the potentially “treasonous act.”
Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is calling the panel to interview Donald Trump Jr. over a meeting he held with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide compromising information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential contest.
“our intelligence committee needs to interview him and others who attended the meeting,” the Maine lawmaker told reporters, according to The Hill.
Trump jr’s meeting with Veselnitskaya was first reported by The New York Times. Then-candidate Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner also attended the meeting, which took place in June 2016 at Trump Tower, according to the report.
The White House has downplayed the meeting, saying there was nothing wrong with the president’s son taking it. Trump Jr. said Monday made a sarcastic comment on Twitter about how he could hardly have been the only person to attend a meeting where someone was offering damaging information on a political opponent.
But the fact that the meeting was with a lawyer with close ties to the Kremlin, a chief antagonist to the U.S. government, has raised eyebrows in both parties.
The reports come amid probes being carried out both by the Justice Department and several congressional panels that are looking into whether Trump campaign aides colluded with the Russians.
Trump Jr. denied receiving any compromising information about Clinton, saying the agenda quickly turned to “American adoptions of Russian children.”
“It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Mr. Trump said.”
As The Washington Post so perceptively points out, that last sentence is key. Donald Trump Jr. is admitting that he met with a Russian operative expecting to receive some promised damaging information about Clinton.
The Post calls this admission “breathtaking”. The rest of us should call it what it truly is: TREASON.