Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine wants Donald Trump Jr. to provide information to the Senate Intelligence committee about a meeting he had with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who supposedly promised compromising information about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential contest. Collins told the media that “our intelligence committee needs to interview him and others who attended the meeting.”
No inconsistency in statements, meeting ended up being primarily about adoptions. In response to further Q's I simply provided more details. https://t.co/FdT1D4hfhz— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
According to the New York Times, President Trump's eldest son met with Veselnitskaya after she promised to provide damaging information about Clinton. Paul Manafort, Donald J. Trump’s erstwhile campaign manager, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, were also at the June 2016 meeting.
Obviously I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent... went nowhere but had to listen. https://t.co/ccUjL1KDEa— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
In statements, Donald Trump Jr. and the White House have said there was nothing wrong with the meeting with Veselnitskaya. On Monday, Trump Jr. sarcastically commented on Twitter that he he is the "first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear information about an opponent...went nowehere but had to listen." The New York Post criticized the NYT report, calling it a "big yawn."
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Collins’ colleague on Senate Intelligence panel, told NPR that the committee is “walking through the details” of the meeting. Trump Jr. claimed that he did not receive any compromising information about Clinton, while saying the agenda at the meeting quickly turned to American adoptions of Russian children — an issue with which Veselnitskaya has long been associated. “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 in a statement.
On Monday, MSNBC's Mark Halperin told "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that young Trump Jr. "is in a world of hurt." He said,"[Trump Jr.] was forced to change his story by seemingly what The New York Times was able to learn." Halperin continued, "Whoever is helping The New York Times with these stories seems to be doing it in a way like maximum damage on at least Donald Trump Jr."
"Even if you accept his Sunday version. Accept his Sunday version, ask no questions, have no suspicions, he is in a world of hurt," Halperin concluded.