At least one Republican senator isn’t Russian to dismiss Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday said “our intelligence committee needs to interview him and others who attended the meeting,” the Associated Press reported.
Collins, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked a rare GOP voice calling for further scrutiny of the eldest Trump son’s recently disclosed 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney who’d promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
“Happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know,” Trump Jr. later tweeted in response.
Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, an ex officio member of the committee, echoed Collins’ call for Trump Jr. to be questioned.
“I hope so,” Reed told CNN. “As Sen. Collins, my colleague, and other members of the Intelligence Committee have already made that claim, I think it’s appropriate that he does that to clear this up.”
Host Wolf Blitzer pressed on: What about Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, also present at the June 9, 2016, meeting?
“I think we have been trying to pursue both Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner to come and testify,” Reed said.
The House Intelligence Committee also needs to “get to the bottom” of what happened during the Trump son’s meeting, said Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel’s ranking Democrat.
“I think we’re going to want to question everyone that was at that meeting about what was discussed,” Schiff told CNN on Sunday. “There’s no reason for this Russian government advocate to be meeting with Paul Manafort or with Mr. Kushner or with the President’s son if it wasn’t about the campaign and Russia policy.”
Trump Jr. spent Monday defending his decision to meet with Natalia Veselnitskaya, who claimed to have damning information on Clinton but apparently provided nothing “meaningful.”
Their conversation ultimately focused on a Russian adoption program, he said.
“Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen,” Trump Jr. tweeted.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway insisted Monday there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — especially since “no information was received that was meaningful or helpful, and no action was taken.”
And Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, during an off-camera briefing, called the confab “a very short meeting of which there was absolutely no follow-up.”