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Collusion or Illusion? Trump Jr. Email Storm Hits Capitol Hill

by Countable | 7.12.17

The news hit Congress like a hurricane. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian nationals after they'd promised "information that would incriminate Hillary." But while the storm shook the Capitol, lawmakers' responses were predictable: Republicans are brushing it aside as irrelevant, Democrats see the news as confirmation of their worst suspicions.

GOP Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) told reporters in the Capitol,

“All this stuff about Trump's sons and daughter – it's a bunch of bunk… Let me put it this way: I don’t think that’s relevant to the Trump administration.”

Then again, Democrats say their GOP counterparts now risk losing all credibility if Republicans continue to give President Trump and his allies a pass. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) told reporters,

“It becomes now impossible to have a charitable explanation for what’s going on – that’s over, and anybody who tries to spin this as anything other than exactly what it looks like is going to lose all of their credibility... It looks like laws were violated.”

Lawmakers are debating whether the revelation will have an impact on Trump’s agenda, and members of both parties are predicting it will. Sen. John McCain told Countable, “It sucks the oxygen out of the room.” And Democrats say it makes negotiations over health insurance reform harder for the GOP. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) told Countable,

“The seriousness of these allegations today probably put the health care debate in more jeopardy.”

Murphy was surrounded by a throng of reporters when he continued, “these revelations today rise to a level that likely complicate...health care work given that every one of [the GOP’s] senators is going to be surrounded like this today.”

The new revelations about contact between the Trump Campaign and Russian operatives could have a serious impact on the ongoing investigations in Congress and the FBI. Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Countable,

“It simply makes the investigation all that more important and it means that we have a lot more questions to ask Trump campaign officials and those affiliated with the campaign… All of these denials that we heard in the campaign, during in the transition, in the administration – that there were no contacts with Russians, no discussions about the campaign – are all patently false.”

Then again, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr (R-NC) told reporters,

“You have to wait til we finish the investigation until we draw any conclusions.”

How important are formal investigations into Trump’s ties with Russia? Has your opinoin changed? Hit the Take Action button to contact your lawmakers and let your voice be heard!

--Matt Laslo

(Photo Credit: The Kremlin)

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  • Joanne
    07/12/2017
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    Collusion!!! A complete, full, transparent, bipartisan investigation must continue until we learn what exactly is going on.

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  • Gene
    07/12/2017
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    Webster dictionary often provides clarity when you can't see the forest for the trees .. trea·son ˈtrēzən/ noun the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government. "they were convicted of treason" synonyms: treachery, disloyalty, betrayal, faithlessness; More the action of betraying someone or something. plural noun: treasons "doubt is the ultimate treason against faith" synonyms: treachery, disloyalty, betrayal, faithlessness; .............................the enlistment of a foreign country to sway our election is a treasonous activity .. see the definition .. irrespective of what results were achieved or what info was received non of that matters .. let's stop tiptoeing around this issue .. Mr Mueller's investigation is critical ..

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  • Kari
    07/12/2017
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    Enough is enough. It's beyond time to start the impeachment process. He and his "team" have done literally countless illegal and downright unconstitutional things. It is mind boggling that anyone trusts him or any of his associates with their Netflix password much less the country. The insanity that is this joke of an administration needs to be taken down and quickly before every person in this country goes down with them. We are not safe. This is not normal. If Obama had let his daughter sit in for him at ANY conference Republicans would have lost their minds. If Obama had talked about sexually assaulting women Republicans would have lost their minds. If he had made one of his daughters an advisor to ANYTHING they would have lost their minds. If Obama had used Twitter to harass the free press and pretty much anyone who criticized him, Republicans would have lost their minds. If Obama had blocked the news media from daily press briefings Republicans would have lost their minds. I could go on endlessly. Enough. It's time to put country over party. Period. Trump is mentally unstable. He is a narcissistic, thin skinned, bankrupted several times over businessman who cares about no one and nothing but himself. He is doing damage to our country and the world. Some of which, might not be reversible if we continue to sit back and let it happen.

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  • David
    07/12/2017
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    He by his own admission conspired to commit election fraud by meeting with known Russian operatives or agents or representatives to get info that would hurt Hillary and helps his pathetic father. Congress actually needs to take this seriously and act. Nothing fake about this news.

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  • Clay
    07/12/2017
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    If I did what Donald Trump Jr did I would have been charged with a crime an awaiting trail. He, Manafort and Kushner must be held accountable for their actions.

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  • Matthew
    07/12/2017
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    Of course it's collusion!!! In fact, it is "begging" a foreign enemy government on dirt against Hilary, which is a treasonous act. I swear, the rest of the world is laughing at us because our administration couldn't even pass the 4th grade!!! This is the absolute worst, most idiotic, least intelligent administration our country has seen. The only illusion in all this comes from the world the administration and it's followers. To quote the Manchurian in an appropriate context about his son: LOCK HIM UP!

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  • Dave
    07/12/2017
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    Trump and family needs to go jail for treasonous acts! Course that is my opinion! The lack of knowledge of the laws is not an excuse for not knowing the laws, that is how this country works. You can YouTube and Google the laws, constitution, the bill of rights and running for government position requirements, this is a munch of BS as an excuse, course this is a family that voted for the first time, never served in the military and feel the laws do not apply to them.

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  • Pat
    07/12/2017
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    This nonsense has gone on way too long. trump is and has been playing footsie with Russia every chance he gets. The Whitehouse no longer houses a person with morals of any kind. I don't know if he has mental issues but he is sure putting on a good show if not. So disgusted with the whole political scene right now and see no end in sight. Nothing good in the near future for this country.

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  • Priscilla
    07/13/2017
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    It's sad that liberals see collusion and Treason wherever they look. The fake news media is a big part of this problem, spreading lies and illusions for so long people don't even know what is real anymore.

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  • Ticktock
    07/12/2017
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    The intent of the meeting was to collude with a supposed Russian operative to receive and disseminate information to the US citizens to influence the 2016 Presidential election. Yes his intent was to collude with a foreign power to manipulate US citizens. So did Kushner and Manafort. The fact that the meeting did not produce the information as advertised does not change Trump Jr.'s intent.

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  • Tim
    07/13/2017
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    What are my Republican representatives here in the state of Iowa going to do about this? Can you at least condemn these actions? It seems that Grassley is at least asking to hold a hearing. Ernst or Young, do you have anything you can say to calm your constituents? Couple these emails with the firing of James Comey, and it's pretty obvious what is happening. Considering that Russia is a hostile power I think you Republicans need to decide if you are willing to side with an enemy of the state over the Democratic Party. Based on the responses I've seen from many in your party (Or lack there of) you are picking a hostile government over your fellow Americans.

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  • Ureeka
    07/13/2017
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    How funny! The liberal Democrats have attempted unsuccessfully to start another fake news story on Russia collusion and have gotten caught once again with your hand in the proverbial Russian cookie jar. Hillary Clinton is the Russian protagonist and Ally excepting money under the table to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in selling an exchange our US uranium deposits to the Ukraine. WikiLeaks is now reported documented evidence of Hillary's meetings with high ranking officials in China regarding a similar Peifer play scheme. Hillary needs to be investigated by all means possible.

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  • Cheryl
    07/13/2017
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    If you do not believe Donald Trump Jr.'s emails are relevant to this Administration, then how is it that this Administration has his daughter and son-in-law as key advisers to him. It is especially important to note that Jared Kushner was in that meeting and failed to disclose it. Many have failed to disclose their conversations and meetings with Russian operatives. How many times does this have to happen before you actually make a statement against this Administration's behavior? Please, give us a number so we may hold you accountable.

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  • Craig
    07/13/2017
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    The silence from our Republican commentators on this thread is deafening.

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  • Ben
    07/12/2017
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    Wait someone explain, how is what Hillary did worse? And also does that make what Jr. did ok?

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  • Surender
    07/13/2017
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    Any conclusion less than collusion and treason will be a dereliction of duty on congress. These conniving and greedy goons should be tried and jailed. The nonsensical and lame excuses emanating from republicans that they cant do their job due to WH distractions shows they bear a large part of the blame for remaining silent while a corrupt family demeans the office of the president! Shame on you! The type of harmful legislation you are trying to push through to benefit vested interests at the expense of the weak and needy is scandalous and all the while hiding behind these obfuscations / lies. You don't deserve this privilege of serving the people you claim to represent. Either step up and fix things or get out and let someone else do it. Mitch McConnell should be sent packing immediately.

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  • Bfowler7
    07/12/2017
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    No laws were broken the Democrats need to get over it! The voters put President Trump in the Whitehouse and the Democrats are ruining there Party by fighting the People's vote!🇺🇸

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  • Joseph
    07/13/2017
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    This is extremely unacceptable. He needs to be brought to justice for his behavior.

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  • A
    07/12/2017
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    This is the very definition of collusion. If you don't act, the administration with be emboldened to break more serious laws and continue to destabilize the pillars of democracy. Make no mistake, we are just a few steps from an authoritarian regime.

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  • William
    07/12/2017
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    Donald Trump Jr clearly broke the law by intentionally seeking damaging information about Clinton through a Russian source. Collusion with a foreign power is something that should be taken very seriously. I expect you to support the justice process moving forward with Donald Trump Jr and not to dismiss the issue as politics as usual.

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