Bush's Ethics Lawyer Says Donald Trump Jr.'s Action 'Borders on Treason'

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Responding to news that Donald Trump, Jr., the president's son, met with a Russian lawyer to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, a former White House ethics lawyer was unequivocal in his condemnation of the action.

University of Minnesota Law Professor Richard Painter told "The Big John and Ramblin' Ray Show" on WLS that Trump Jr. should not have taken the meeting with the attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. "This is unacceptable. This borders on treason, if it is not itself treason". "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".

Again, Painter said this before the latest New York Times report, when it was unclear if Trump Jr. actually knew that the person he was meeting was a Russian agent working on behalf of the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.

"We do not get our opposition research from spies, we do not collaborate with Russian spies, unless we want to be accused of treason", he added. It included then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law and now-White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Miller noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would nearly certainly be looking at Donald Trump Jr.'s statement "and the lies, the repeated lies, the changing statements from Donald Trump Jr. and other people connected to the administration".

The Times report states "The meeting - at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination - points to the central question in federal investigations of the Kremlin's meddling in the presidential election: whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians".

The Times also notes Trump Jr.'s changing story.

A day later, Trump Jr. acknowledged he was told beforehand that Veselnitskaya, might have information "helpful" to the Trump campaign, and was told by her during the meeting that she had information about Clinton.

"Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner were both apparently involved in this", Painter said in an MSNBC interview on Sunday.

Over the weekend, Trump Jr. initially omitted any mention of Clinton from his account of the meeting, saying Saturday that the discussion focused on a disbanded program that had allowed American adoptions of Russian children.

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