Donald Trump Jr this weekend revealed on Twitter that he met with Russians with the sole intention of getting dirt on his father’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton. He tried to justify that his behavior was typical for any campaign staffer to engage in such a trick.
He sardonically stated, “Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent,” in a Monday morning tweet.
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.
Trump Jr. confession was in response to a report published by
the New York Times on Sunday. The report enlightens the readers that Donald Trump Jr had met with a Kremlin-backed lawyer to discuss information she had on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. However, the information ended up being nothing, as per the report. Nevertheless, the implications are still huge for the Trump camp. It proves that the Trump camp did meet with Russians in order to influence the election.
It seems Trump Jr is missing out the whole point of why people are upset. His statement comes more as an admission that anything else. The real issue is whether he or any other member of the campaign had met with someone to find disparaging news on an opponent for political purposes isn’t the reason why people are concerned with his interactions.
The problem lies somewhere deeper: that Trump Jr. and the Trump campaign were willing to use information obtained from a foreign source in order to effectively change the outcome of the election. Effectively, the charge of collusion is hard to dismiss here.
It’s as Richard Painter, former ethics lawyer for the Bush administration, said shortly after this new information came out: the implication that Trump Jr. engaged in this meeting at all “borders on treason.”
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When it comes to campaigning, “We do not get our opposition research from spies, we do not collaborate with Russian spies, unless we want to be accused of treason,” Painter added.