Trump tried to cover up his campaign’s contacts with a Russian national—which, at very least, constituted a violation of federal law.
- In the middle of the 2016 election, Trump’s son was invited to meet with a Russian national regarding “information that would incriminate Hillary and…would be very useful to” Donald Trump
- The Russian, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had ties to high-ranking Kremlin officials.
- Trump Jr. took the meeting. He said, “I love it,” when told Veselnitskaya may have had dirt on Clinton. Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner also attended.
- Federal law prohibits campaigns from soliciting anything of value from a foreign national.
- After journalists broke this story, Trump personally dictated a public statement on behalf of his son that lied about the intended purpose of the meeting.
- This relationship between the Trump team and the Russian national raises questions of whether the campaign aided a hostile foreign power’s active operation against the United States.