The New York Times is reporting that before Donald Trump Jr. met with the Russian agent who worked with Trump's businesses in the past, he was told of the Russian effort to help Trump's candidacy and hurt Hillary Clinton, according to an email reported by the Times.
Donald Trump, Jr., has hired a lawyer.
Former GWBush White House ethics lawyer:
An ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush’s White House, Richard Painter, said that what he’s heard about President Donald Trump’s son and campaign staff meeting with Kremlin-aligned lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya “borders on treason” and that his administration would already have taken Trump’s team in for questioning.
“Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner were both apparently involved in this,” Painter said on MSNBC. “And this was an effort to get opposition research on an opponent in an American political campaign from the Russians who are known to be engaged in spying inside the United States.” Painter continued, “We do not get our opposition research from spies. We do not collaborate with Russian spies unless we want to be accused of treason.”
From Crooks and Liars:
"The most damaging thing is what Donald Trump Jr. admitted to in the statement," he said. "It is a crime to solicit or accept anything of value from a foreign national in a campaign. "Now, the thing of value has never come up in this context before because we've never had a campaign like this that potentially colluded with a foreign government. In other cases, bribery and extortion cases, 'thing of value' doesn't have to be money. It has to be something tangible but not money.
"It could be he's potentially confessing in a statement to committing a crime, and I think if you're Bob Mueller, you look at that and the lies, the repeated lies, the changing statements from Donald Trump Jr., and from other people connected to the administration -- including the president himself, and you're going to realize the only way to trust what any of these people say is to put them in the grand jury, put them under oath, where if they lie, if Donald Trump Jr. has the kind of shifting statements to a grand jury, he'll go to jail for that."
Initially Trump Jr. said the meeting was only about Russian orphans. That was a lie. A big lie.
Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer who promised damaging Clinton info
'I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance. We had a meeting in June 2016,' Donald Trump Jr. said in a statement.
This meeting was initially undisclosed and then lied about.
Donnie Junior has put his father in a perilous position.
Donald Trump Jr. confirmed Sunday that he met last year with a Russian lawyer who had ties to the Kremlin, saying she told him at the June 2016 meeting she had information that could damage Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
President Donald Trump’s oldest son said in a statement that an acquaintance from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which was held in Moscow, had asked him to meet “with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign.” He was not given a name prior to the meeting, he said.
READ THIS ON THE TRUMP FAMILY BY CHARLIE PIERCE:
What Do the Russians 'Have' on the Trump Family? Fear.
Some thoughts on Junior's changing story.
What I believe I see here is an incredibly corrupt American family doing business with criminal gangs that are way, way out of their league, and that are in league with the institutions of government, and the formidable security apparatus, of an authoritarian state. Talk about punching out of your weight class. This isn't cheating some poor subcontractor. These people throw you out windows. And the Trumps have being doing business in this financial abattoir for years.
This doesn't make them sharp. This makes them compliant minnows in a shark tank. Not to borrow trouble, but what if these guys decide that the president's son—or, god forbid, the president himself—have become as inconvenient as Sergei Magnitsky was. For months now, people have been asking what the Russians "have" on Donald Trump. Maybe it's just fear. If it's not, it ought to be.