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Scarborough: Nobody Believes Trump Jr. Is 'Innocent'

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:23 AM

Nobody on Capitol Hill believes Donald Trump Jr. is a victim after he agreed to a meeting with a Russian attorney who said she had negative campaign information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and it's not credible that the meeting would be easily forgotten, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Wednesday.

"They've gotten so far into the bubble, I guess they've dug so far down low into the bunker that this is not Nixon in '73, this is Nixon in the summer of '74," Scarborough said on his "Morning Joe" program, after President Donald Trump tweeted that his son was "innocent" and praised his appearance on Fox News' "Hannity" program.

"No one believes that this isn't wrong, other than one or two propagandists in the media," Scarborough said.

"A lot of people in the White House are in, I don't want to say meltdown mode, but they no longer believe this is going to be okay. They, like a lot of conservative writers (Tuesday), woke up to the fact that this is not much ado about something, that there's something big here."

On Tuesday, the president's oldest son shared emails that showed he agreed to meet with a person, who he had been told was a "Russian government lawyer," to discuss the campaign. His brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is now one of the president's top advisers, and former campaign manager Paul Manafort, also were invited to attend.

The attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has denied working for the Russian government or that she had information about Clinton. She said she only spoke with Trump Jr. when the four met in his office at Trump Tower.

Scarborough said Wednesday it also is not credible to think Kushner would later forget he'd met with Veselnitskaya.

"There's no way any human being would forget that meeting, and there's no doubt federal prosecutors will see it the same way," said Scarborough.

He went on to call the aftermath of this week's news a White House "coverup," responding to a report in The New York Times that claimed the president signed off on his son's statement describing the meeting as "insignificant."

  • June 3: Shortly after Trump became the apparent GOP nominee, an intermediary, Rob Goldstone, reached out to his son with an offer of the Russian government's support against Clinton.
  • June 7: Then-candidate Trump promises to give a "major speech, on probably Monday of next week," to discuss "all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. I think you're going to find it very informative and very, very interesting." 
  • June 8: Website DC Leaks identifies a forum allowing Russian military intelligence to release stolen data.
  • June 9: Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort meet with Veselnitskaya.
  • June 12: Julian Assange announces information was forthcoming.
  • June 15: Hackers penetrate the Democratic National Committee's servers.

Former White House counsel Bob Bauer agreed with Mike Barnicle, also sitting on the discussion panel, that Trump Jr.'s defense can't be that he was ignorant of what would happen if he agreed to the meeting.

"I don't believe in this case, and again there's a lot about the facts we don't know, but I can't see how in this case that defense really has any place," said Bauer.

"This was a fairly deliberated meeting, it was undertaken very consciously . . . this was not an impulsive decision. This would be an uphill climb."

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