Trump Jr. released emails showing he welcomed an offer to meet the lawyer, who was allegedly linked to the Kremlin and had material damaging to Hillary Clinton. If not, why not? Best to you and your family.
Under federal campaign finance law, it's a crime to accept any "thing of value" from a foreigner. But all Americans deserve to know what really happened in the Kremlin's effort to put Donald Trump into the White House.
Trump has said his campaign did not collude with Russia and Moscow has denied meddling. "Which is an ominous sign in an Administration that means never having to say you're sorry".
The revelation of the meeting - which included Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort - and Trump Jr.'s subsequent release of the emails provides a new focal point for investigations by congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian election interference. According to Reuters, other legal experts further argue that Trump may have also set himself up for criminal conspiracy charges. He then sat down with Putin, a former KGB operative, and asked if he's responsible for the crime of the century.
We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.
"We need dialogue with everybody", the president said.
"He wants what's good for Russia, and I want what's good for the United States", President Trump told Robertson. "They will lie and do anything to win". If not, what is your explanation?
"Whoa, look at this", Trump said after being introduced to the two.
"The only collusion I've seen, and that's certainly been proven, would be between those people", Sanders stated. "There's no coordination, this was a hoax, this was made up by the Democrats", he said.
But there's one question Trump did not ask of his Russian counterpart that he now wishes he had: "Were you actually supporting me?"
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It is not clear how far back the alleged pro-Trump machinations go, though The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies are reviewing communications from 2015 where Russian government officials talked about meetings with Trump associates.
"There was zero coordination".
But this is all getting rather confusing.