The New York Times published, what was seen by many as a “bombshell” about a clandestine meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer with connections to the Kremlin.
But not everyone believes it’s such big news.
Trump Jr. explained that he took the meeting, with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, not knowing who the person he was meeting with was.
Donald Trump Jr with bizarre statement to admit he had a meeting to get info from the Russian, but they didn’t collude because no info. Hmm. pic.twitter.com/yQQXWMY4nq
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) July 9, 2017
He said he was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton and took the meeting on that pretense, but added that no provable information was given and he quickly left the meeting.
CNN’s Jeffrey Lord thinks the entire story is much ado about nothing.
“Here we go again,” he said while laughing. “There’s absolutely no proof that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to win the election.”
But to others, the story is a big deal and, to some, even criminal.
Richard Painter, an ethics attorney who served former President George W. Bush, called it treason in a tweet he sent on Sunday.
This is treason. He must have known that the only way Russia would get such information was by spying.https://t.co/MSwr3DsbHs
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) July 9, 2017
In the Bush Administration we would have had him in custody for questioning by now https://t.co/MSwr3DsbHs
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) July 9, 2017
Constitutional law professor at Harvard, Laurence Tribe, said the fact that Trump Jr. received no relevant information does not mean a crime was not committed.
It doesn’t matter. Attempted theft of a presidential election in collusion w/ Putin is a serious felony and a high crime against the state https://t.co/WEwqreBm5Z
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 9, 2017
NY Post writer Michael Walsh disagreed with that position in a column published on Sunday.
No campaign in its right mind would turn down an offer of information on their opponent. That is what opposition research is all about. You can bet Hillary wouldn’t have hung up on the person who claimed to have dirt on the Donald. After all, the Clinton campaign lobbied the comedian Tom Arnold two days before the election to release potentially embarrassing footage from Trump’s TV show, “The Apprentice.” Arnold declined.
But in the end, the lawyer had nothing, gave nothing, got nothing in return, in a meeting that lasted 20 minutes. This is a scandal?
The fight between the two sides raged on social media.
“I may have damaging info on your opponent”. What is it? “Nothing”. BAD!! Hire ex Brit spy, make up story about hookers, FBI offers $. GOOD!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 9, 2017
Obviously the damning fact is they took the meeting w/ intent of getting damaging info on HRC. And the campaign chair went to the meeting! https://t.co/cs2lUEBWM4
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) July 10, 2017
— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) July 10, 2017
Trump Jr meets a lawyer to collect opposition research against Clinton during the election.
Lawyer happens to be Russian.
Left’s reaction: pic.twitter.com/KUn8uobM4S
— Richard A. Mills (@RAMRANTS) July 9, 2017
“We do not get our opposition research from spies. We do not collaborate with Russian spies unless we want to be accused of treason.” https://t.co/iaktNKJpUW
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 10, 2017
I guess “Trump Campaign Team Legally Met with Someone Offering Opposition Research Like Every Other Campaign in History” isn’t as sexy. https://t.co/VVwhZJ70qM
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 9, 2017
Analysis | Donald Trump Jr.- as dumb as his daddy – https://t.co/qXbQsL0h6O
— ROSIE (@Rosie) July 10, 2017
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