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Legal Expert Turley: Don Jr. Meeting Wasn't Collusion

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 04:30 PM

Legal expert Jonathan Turley called Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-based lawyer was not collusion, though he did term it "amateur hour in Trump Tower" in an op-ed in The Hill.

Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, after she said she had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential nominee. The New York Times published the report Sunday, citing three advisers to the White House, and said the meeting was also attended by President Donald Trump's campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, was writing in response to Trump Jr. releasing emails he exchanged with publicist Rob Goldstone ahead of the meeting that said the Russian government backed his father's presidential campaign and was trying to damage Clinton.

Turley writes that although CNN viewers have been told Trump Jr.'s meeting may have been treasonous, he remains skeptical of any such charge, including that Trump Jr. or anyone else in the meeting engaged in "collusion" with the Russians.

Turley said Trump Jr.'s communication with the lawyer "clearly constitute" possible coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign. But the fact the Russians did not produce any evidence means "Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort fell for a classic bait-and-switch," he wrote.

"Veselnitskaya was representing people seeking to lift the adoption ban, and it was certainly amateur hour in Trump Tower. If this is the best the Russians can do as their big play, we have little to worry about."

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