Ex-Bush ethics lawyer on Trump Jr. meeting: 'This borders on treason'

Ex-Bush ethics lawyer on Trump Jr. meeting: 'This borders on treason'”

An ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush blasted Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTimeline: Donald Trump Jr.'s contact with Russian lawyer Ex-Bush ethics lawyer on Trump Jr: "This borders on treason" Scaramucci defends Trump Jr. amid new report MORE Jr. for meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have compromising information on Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonComey's private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material Timeline: Donald Trump Jr.'s contact with Russian lawyer Ex-Bush ethics lawyer on Trump Jr: "This borders on treason" MORE during the campaign, saying it "borders on treason".

The Times had previously reported that the meeting had taken place, and that it was also attended by Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman at the time, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and now senior adviser.

But wait! Where have I heard this borderline treason charge before?

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election is moving beyond simply obstruction of justice and "potentially" into grounds for treason. How wrong that idea was.

In the New York Times' newest bombshell reporting regarding the Trump administration and Russia, the focus is on Donald Trump Jr., whom the Times reports met with a "Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer" during the 2016 campaign.

"After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russian Federation were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton", his statement about the meeting said.

Trump's eldest son admitted in a statement he was asked to meet Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016, the New York Times report claimed.

But on Sunday, presented with The Times's findings, he offered a new account. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. Miller's suggestion creates a profound legal quandary, meaning that sharing information "even possible criminal conduct by a leading political figure - would be treated the same as accepting cash", constituting a violation of the 1st Amendment safeguards of free speech, press and freedom of association. "It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information".

"If he knew, or if there was good reason to know that the Russians were offering him information that had been obtained through espionage through illegal computer hacking, then he would be an accessory after the fact of that crime", Painter said.

But according to Painter, all of that would have to be proven.

"I think that we are really getting pretty caught up with people saying this whole Russian Federation thing is fake news and a witch hunt", Painter said. We do not collaborate with Russian spies, unless we want to be accused of treason.

Painter said this is as close to a smoking gun as we've gotten so far. A spokesman for her did not immediately return a request for comment.

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