Lawmakers from the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Intelligence Committee want Donald Trump Jr. to testify about a meeting he held with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide compromising information on Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign.
Maine Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee. And she’s not the only one who wants to see what Trump Jr. has to say. She added that “our intelligence committee needs to interview him and others who attended the meeting.”
Susan Collins wants DJT Jr., Kushner, Manafort questioned re Natalia meeting & suspects Mueller will want to as part of his criminal probe. https://t.co/O5w2SfcCN1
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) July 10, 2017
And The Hill has followed up with this, confirming her comments by contacting her office. Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has also piqued the curiosity of Sens. Mark Warner and Adam Schiff, who is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
It seems that Junior met with Veselnitskaya because she promised to drop some damaging information about Clinton, The New York Times reported Sunday. The meeting took place in June 2016 at Trump Tower, and was also attended by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
And on Monday, Junior fired off a snarky tweet about the controversy surrounding the meeting:
Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen. https://t.co/ccUjL1KDEa
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
But in the matter of just a few scant hours, he apparently had a change of mind and said he’d be “happy” to testify.
Happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know. https://t.co/tL47NOoteM
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
I’m sure Collins and several of her colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee will be more than “happy” to question him, especially since Veselnitskaya has close ties to the Kremlin, The Hill reports. This is “the first time that the public has seen clear evidence of senior-level members of the Trump campaign meeting with Russians to try to obtain information that might hurt the campaign of Hillary Clinton,” Warner notes. The Virginia Senator is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Politico reports.
As such, his panel is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, including any alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, and he maintains that Trump Jr. “absolutely” needs to appear before the committee.
Warner also noted that the recent revelation of the meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya is part of a “continuing pattern we’ve seen since the election of Trump campaign and Trump administration officials who have conveniently forgotten meetings with Russians.”
If I was a campaign manager and had been contacted by what may be an agent of a foreign power and was told that the agent might have damaging information about a potential candidate, I think I might remember that meeting. I think it’s also a little strange that as a candidate, if my son-in-law met with an agent of a foreign power, I think I’d probably want to hear about that information.
Schiff is also on board with this. Appearing Sunday on CNN’s State of The Union, he said his panel would “want to question everyone that was at that meeting about what was discussed.” As it is, both panels are stepping up their investigations. The Senate panel is conducting private interviews with Trump campaign members, Politico notes. The House panel is also questioning Trump’s campaign staff and last month held a private session with former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
While the Senate and House are conducting investigations, the Justice Department is also looking into whether Trump campaign staff colluded with the Russians, according to The Hill.
And while Trump Jr.’s tweets have an air of confidence, he’s apparently hired New York criminal defense attorney Alan Futerfas as his personal attorney for anything connected with Russia.
He also maintains that he didn’t receive any compromising information regarding Clinton, and the topic quickly turned to the adoptions of Russian children by Americans, something that Veselnitskaya has been involved with for a long time.
Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.
How sad that we have reached a point in political history that we have people in the White House who would stoop this low, to try anything to unseat your opponent. You have to be pretty low to do something like this.
In other words, you have to be Donald Trump.
In the video below you can watch Trump Jr. in action.
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