President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer prior to the presidential election. The New York Times was the first media outlet to report the story, with Trump Jr. recently confirming the meeting took place. Trump Jr. issued a lengthy statement defending the meeting, however many were not pleased. Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer under George W. Bush was interviewed on MSNBC on Sunday. Painter made some shocking statements regarding the severity of the meeting, suggesting it might even be considered “treason.”
“This was an effort to get opposition research on an opponent in an American political campaign from the Russians, who were known to be engaged in spying inside the United States. We do not get our opposition research from spies, we do not collaborate with Russia spies, unless we want to be accused of treason,” he said.
Trump Jr. released a statement on Sunday confirming he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. He then went on to describe the meeting.
“After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. 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,” Trump Jr. said.