WASHINGTON (ABC NEWS) – Maine’s senators are calling on the president’s son to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
They want to know more about his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign even though the administration has denied any such meetings ever took place.
Some democrats are saying those emails are clear signs of collusion.
Even some republicans are expressing concern about Trump Jr’s willingness to accept help from Russians.
Donald Trump Jr’s emails, for some on Capitol Hill, the fire where there’s already smoke.
Sen. Tim Kaine said “This is moving into perjury, false statements and even potentially treason.”
Whereas Sen. Chris Murphy added “Donald Trump Jr. was openly salivating at the prospect of getting damaging information from the Russians. It was certainly evidence of collusion.”
The emails released by Trump Jr. show on June 3rd, acquaintance Rob Goldstone told him “The Crown Prosecutor of Russia offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her deals with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Minutes later, Trump Jr. responded “Thanks, Rob I appreciate that if it’s what you say. I love it especially later in the summer.”
Is this evidence that that the Trump camp knew that Russia was trying to interfere? Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma said “No, I don’t think so.”
On FOX news Hannity stated Trump Jr. maintained the meeting was much ado about nothing, but added “In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.”
And just two weeks after that meeting at Trump Tower, he dismissed suggestions the Trump campaign had anything to do with Russia.
Trump Jr. said “It’s disgusting, it’s so phony. I can’t think of bigger lies but that just goes to show you what the DNC and the Clinton camp will do, they’ll lie and do anything to win.”
And from the White House, a short statement from the president saying “My son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency.”
But the New York Times said Trump Jr. Only released the emails after learning of their plans to release them.