There's a growing discussion and debate over whether Donald Trump Jr. and Team Trump violated federal campaign financing law when it met with the Russians at Trump Tower on June 9th. One of those people and organizations who claim that the federal campaign law was broken is Common Cause, the non-partisan watch dog organization which filed a complaint last week. On Monday, Bayoubuzz Publisher and attorney, Stephen Sabludowsky interviewed the VP of Policy and Litigation Paul Seamus Ryan to determine the basis for the complaint and amended complaint. Below is part one of that interview and video which picks up with the purpose of the legal action:
Aside from all of the 24/7 media buzz over an ever-changing narrative by Donald Trump Jr. and the White House, are there any legal consequences from the recent disclosure of the June 9, 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney at Trump Towers?
The Donald Trump Jr. mystery is becoming as clear as Russian borscht.
Initially Trump Jr. said there were four people in the room when he, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. He then changed his story a few times about the purpose of the meeting. He declared he was being transparent by releasing the email string that set up the meeting with the Russian attorney. Oops. We later find out that the NY Times announced that it had given Donald Jr. a notice that it would be publishing the same emails.
Was Donald Trump Jr. a stooge, naieve or dumb? However unlikely, he’s at the center of another previously undeclared meeting between members of the President’s circle and yet another Russian, as disclosed a few days ago. This time it wasn’t the Russian ambassador, a top flight banker or industrialist. It was Natalia Veselnitskaya who, about then, was trying a money laundering case in the Southern District of New York, the President’s home turf. Veselnitskaya, with whom Don Jr. was asked to meet, was represented to be a Russian government lawyer.
Should or must Donald Trump resign from the presidency of the United States?
According to conservative columnist Quin Hillyer, the question is not only should, but “must”
Now the debate appears to be, is whether the Donald Trump Jr. email exchange, meeting with a Russian attorney is a violation of the law.
On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Donald Trump Jr. told the New York Times that he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to discuss adoption of Russian children by Americans. The practice had been frozen due to U.S. sanctions on Russia.