Buzzword emerges as Trump Jr. Russia scandal deepens: Treason

New revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton has critics flirting with a new attack line — treason.

Sen. Tim Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, on Tuesday said that, while nothing has been proved, the conversation has moved beyond obstruction of justice — even before Trump Jr. released copies of his correspondence with music publicist Rob Goldstone, who brokered the June 2016 meeting.

“Nothing is proven yet. But, we’re now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what’s being investigated,” Kaine told CNN, when asked if Trump Jr.’s actions were treasonous. “This is moving into perjury, false statements and even into potentially treason.”

While Kaine stressed that nothing is proven, a Kaine spokesperson said the senator “acknowledged the grave impropriety, if proven, of any effort to cooperate with a foreign nation — especially one deemed by our military leaders to be a primary state adversary — to influence an American election.”

Echoes of that sentiment have started to take shape in other corners of Congress. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) tweeted out a New York Times report on the eldest Trump son’s emails on Tuesday, noting “if this isn’t treasonous, I’m not sure what is.”

Trump Jr. on Tuesday released what he said was the full email chain related to allegations that he knowingly set up a meeting with a Russian lawyer allegedly tied to the regime of President Vladimir Putin in order to obtain information that might “incriminate” Clinton, his father’s 2016 campaign opponent. Trump posted the emails on Tuesday in the hopes of “transparency,” he said, but the release came shortly before The New York Times published its own copy of the emails.

In a June 3, 2016, email with the subject line “Russia – Clinton – private and confidential,” Goldstone says Emin Agalarov, a singer-songwriter whose father is a Moscow-based developer who tried to partner with Donald Trump on a hotel project, “just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.”

The most explosive line in the exchange arrives via Goldstone, who calls the information “obviously very high level and sensitive information” and “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

Trump Jr. later replies that he is “on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

Ethics lawyer to former President George W. Bush, Richard Painter, told MSNBC over the weekend that early reports that Trump Jr. had met with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to get information on Clinton “borders on treason if it is not itself treason.”

“Let’s cut through the baloney here. We know what the Russians have been doing,” Painter said during a later appearance on the network. “When the Russians call or someone calls on behalf of the Russians and offers derogatory information about a former secretary of state who is a presidential candidate, the first person you call is the FBI.”

“I don’t care if you’re Republican, as I am, or a Democrat. You call the FBI. The last thing you do is go meet with the Russians to try and get the derogatory information,” he went on. “They’re only trying do that in order to use you to accomplish some purpose. And we know what that is — it is undermining our system of representative democracy.”

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  • MaraJo

    BALOGNA… Donald Jr. didn’t do anything that the investigators are also doing to get dirt on the president. It’s called “investigation” right? Besides he did it with good reasons, no different than the political candidates have to do to win the office they are running for. I know the opposition party did even worse and still didn’t get elected. It doesn’t pay to lie, cheat, finagle dishonestly and financial dishonesty.

  • rrkeng

    Oh Give me a Break!!!! It was that Goldstine? guy who sent the email to Don Jr. and it turned out to be a Nothingburger! It is time for all you lefties to give up the Impeachment talk because it is not going to happen. None of the Trump’s have done anything to call for that. But I can guarantee you that the Clinton’s and the Obama’s along with Maxine and all the other loudmouth lefties have done TREASONOUS things to our country. I say why not investigate their cra*. It is time we pull the curtain back on these people. If you want to see treason look no further than the Democrats!!!

  • Larry Jenkins

    Trump Jr. is being set up,plain and simple, and the left is behind it all, just think how all of a sudden,and how someone just had to set up a meeting with a lawyer that no one knew ,and what channels she took to get there ,and then didn’t know what was going on ,and didn’t have any information on the things she was suppose to have ! Thats why i say it was a set up ,by the left. Just look at the people ,that was dealing in this set up,and how it all came about, you might fine some good answer’s ! Trump Jr ,did nothing wrong ,its just another low blow lie from the left !! Wake up America !!!

    • metheoldsarge

      The liberals will find enough evidence on Junior Trump even if they have to fabricate it.

      • Jay Jay

        Another fucking moron!

      • Jan Kenneally

        This is their fabrication, set up!

    • Jay Jay

      ALL OF YOU ON THIS SITE ARE NOTHING BUT FCKING IDIOTS. NO MATTER HOW MORONIC TRUMP AND HIS SON, SON IN LAW AND ADVISORS ARE TO YOU THEY CAN DO NOTHING WRONG. EVEN AFTER TRUMP ADMITTED TO MOLESTING GIRLS YOU FOUND NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. HOPEFULLY SOON THIS IDIOT WILL BE IMPEACHED OR AS KAINE SAID, TREASON.

      • Jan Kenneally

        YOUR IGNORANCE IS SHOWING, LOOK UP THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE CHARGED WITH TREASON. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER DEMOCRAP STUNT, WHICH WILL END IN THE PILE WITH ALL THEIR OTHER FAILURES. DT NEVER ADMITTED TO MOLESTING YOUNG GIRLS, YOU MORON. THIS IS A SET UP WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE LAWYER IN QUESTION IS TIED TO THE CRIMINAL CLINTONS. THE ONLY WAY DT JR COULD BE CHARGED WITH TREASON IS IF HE COLLUDED OR INTERFERED WITH A COUNTRY THAT WE WERE “AT WAR” WITH! DO SOME RESEARCH, YOU SOUND PATHETIC!!!!! Here is a start for you: http://www.wnd.com/2017/07/watch-out-fake-news-media-here-trumps-next-big-move/

      • americanpatriot

        sorry JJ but your an idiot…….the black man should have been gone long ago….lets talk treason

  • James Phillips

    Tim Kaine is one to talk as he incouraged people to start fighting in the streets and have blood running in the streets.Isnt this a felony,

    • sandraleesmith46

      Yes, it’s called sedition and inciting violence.

    • [email protected]

      Don’t know but he is a fn demonrat and that explains it all.

  • Fortuneless

    Trump is here to stay
    .you lefties get over it you lost.

    • Jay Jay

      DUMB BASTARD

      • Jan Kenneally

        Hahaha, more name calling!

      • [email protected]

        I would say you are the idiot piece of shit here.

  • Paul Lassiter

    Why does everyone act as if were at war with Russia? If you talk to them, they want to hang you for treason. It would behoove us to be friendly with Russia. They are not the hated communist any more. Russia even helped build the ISS. So I don’t understand all this hatred toward Russia. The Cold War is over people.

    • sandraleesmith46

      Well, I wouldn’t say Putin is our BUDDY, but he’s also not really our enemy these days.

      • Jay Jay

        IDIOT

        • Jan Kenneally

          Typical Libturd all name calling, violence and profanity and NO FACTS!

  • Peggy Cantley

    the dim0craps & liberals can’t stand it that they have lost control of the USA, dumbbama wanted the muslims to take control of the USA so he could be the big boss, well it backfired, The PEOPLE VOTED TRUMP in office & these dimwitts will post all propaganda to keep the people upset & their minds off what is really going on! hitler did this in Germany . He fed them pure BS just like the dimwitts are doing

  • Jerry

    This is all BS!!! The double and triple standards are at work. Obama and Clinton sold 20 or more percent of the United State enriched uranium, (WEAPONS GRADE) to Putin and the Russians. And I guess they did not talk about the deal, Selling uranium to our enemies must (THAT THEY COULD USE AGAINST US IN WAR) Is not treasonous???????. As a veteran and former Army Infantry Sergeant I agree with Kaine about blood in the streets, we as veterans and all people that believe in the Constitution and believe people should obey our laws need to stand together and change what is happening with all the corruption and BS that is coming out of Washington District of Criminals. Most all in elected office and other departments are taking away our rights, freedoms, and way of life. In our founding fathers own words, THE TREE OF LIBERTY NEEDS TO BE NOURISHED FROM TIME TO TIME WITH BLOOD. The blodd of traitors!!!!!!

    • sandraleesmith46

      I think you and Kaine are talking about different blood that should be running. He wants the “right” eliminated, and you appear to be on the OTHER side of that equation.

  • sandraleesmith46

    YO DEMS: you can’t just jail someone for treason because they disagree with your agenda and you don’t like them! Plus, the OFFICE of POTUS protects the resident from prosecution! Just like we couldn’t TOUCH O for all HIS crimes, for those 8 years, neither can YOU touch TRUMP!

    • Jay Jay

      MORON

      • Jan Kenneally

        MORE NAME CALLING, HOW PREDICTABLE!

  • metheoldsarge

    Investigate Junior Trump for Treason. I’m all for that. Right after they conduct treason investigations on Obama, the Clinton’s, Lynch, Holder, Kerry, Bush 41 and 43 and possibly many of the House and Senate who have skeletons in their closets. Last time I checked, it wasn’t the Trump family who gave all that uranium to the Russians. It was the Clinton’s. It wasn’t the Trumps who gave that nuclear missile pinpoint technology to the Communist Chinese. It was President Clinton. I guess liberals don’t want to talk about that.

  • Rolando Raudez

    Betrayal is betraying a friend, not waiting to receive information from a dishonest person who to be President, in any case this would benefited all if it is a true

    • Jan Kenneally

      HUH?

  • GRAMPA

    the left leaning media had better check their facts. the entire emails are available. the lawyer has a record of this type of scam trying to stur enough interest and then sell what she had. the meeting had two other reputable people present and all agreed the lawyer had nothing to offer and they left and never had another meeting. the media has forgotten that Trump Jr was not employed by the government. as such the media can be sued and while they wont divulge what they will do I suspect that it will be in mass and it will take many of these people down. when he is part of government he is fair game. this event occurred before he was sworn in. beware!
    Grampa

    • Jay Jay

      DUMB OLD STUPID BITCH

      • GRAMPA

        well we have someone with no followers just joined and knows only single word responses which I am surprised you can use words with multiple syllables. you must have worked both your dormant braincells for a fortnight to regurgitate those clever outputs. and i am a seventy five year old man that can still kick your ass and out insult you any day . grow some balls and get a second name. unless that is all you can remember.
        Grampa

        • Harry T. Bagger

          Just think — you probably won’t live to see the next two elections. That’s a good thing.

      • Jan Kenneally

        ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR MORONIC NAME CALLING? IT JUST PROVES YOU HAVE A VERY LOW LEVEL OF INTELLIGENCE!

        • [email protected]

          Intelligence has nothing on this guy, he’s just plain dumb.

  • [email protected]

    Obuma and Killary are the treasonous traitors to our country not Trump.

  • Lee Strabel

    I think, if the drmoncraps want to act like little brats, they need to have their asses whooped again

  • John King

    Wow, here we go again!!! When there’s nothing to Donald Trump’s “Collusion” story . . . you know, the “Nothing Burger” . . . the Fake News Network channels now serve up another great big “Nothing Burger” to give us to chew on ! ! ! Where in hell is the treason of Trump JR., if he had really no idea who this lady was . . . no idea if she really had any information to tell . . . and had never met or heard of her before this meeting? Look, when you are in the process of running for President and someone calls up and states they have some relevant information about the opponent that you might need, you set up a meeting! THIS IS NOT TREASON ! ! ! WHAT MIGHT BE TREASON IS IF OBAMA LET A KNOWN RUSSIAN INFORMANT INTO THE COUNTRY WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE TO ATTEMPT TO SET UP THE TRUMP CANDIDACY ! ! ! IF ANYONE IS GUILTY OF TREASON IN THIS . . . IT IS OBAMA!!! (…capital letters used for exclamation…not for shouting…)

  • Warren

    Investigation Deepens a Reliable Anonymous Source Claims a Friend’s Cousin’s Roommate has a Damning piece of Evidence !!! Finally a piece of Evidence now we can get this obama Plan in Action !!!
    CNN at Your Service !!!!