When news broke this weekend that Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign season, Americans everywhere were shocked by the brazenness with which Kushner and Trump Jr. had apparently been lying. Throughout the Congressional investigation that’s been taking place over the past few months, both individuals have vehemently denied any cover meetings with Russia operatives, and Kushner completely failed to mention this meeting when he was being screened for security clearance. This means that both Kushner and Trump Jr. lied to United States intelligence agencies, Congressional committees, and the American people.
The details of what occurred at the meeting are still slowly trickling out, but the immediate backlash for the Trump family has been devastating and torrential. In addition to completely discrediting anything Trump or his associates have said thus far during the Congressional investigation, this paints an incredibly grim picture for what the future might hold for Trump’s time in office. Specifically, many experts have been drawing comparisons between this meeting and Nixon’s famous Watergate scandal, which eventually lead to his impeachment.
One such expert, Nick Akerman, went so far as to state that Donald Trump Jr. is potentially guilty of treason. Akerman, who served as an assistant to the special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal, stated that there is “a potential for actual treason. We have Donald Trump Jr., the ‘mini-me’ to the president, who is meeting with a Russian operative, thinking that he’s going to get information on the Hillary Clinton campaign.”
While many conservatives will call this an exaggeration and state that the media is simply biased against Trump, it’s important to remember that everything Akerman said to come to that conclusion is purely factual. Fact: Trump Jr. and Kushner met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a known Russian national living in the United States. Fact: this meeting was conducted with the aim of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Fact: Trump Jr., Kushner, and Paul Manafort all lied about the meeting in later interviews.
Whether or not the meeting itself constitutes treason is a complicated legal issue, but the fact that all three individuals lied about it is not. In the same manner that Jeff Sessions stood accused of treason after it became clear that he lied about meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Kushner and Trump Jr. likely committed treason when denying that they ever met with Veselnitskaya.
Whether this is an attempt by Trump to throw his family members under the bus and escape prosecution himself or simply an honest mistake is unclear, but one thing is for sure: it won’t be long until someone involved ends up in jail. If you agree that it’s time to bring these investigations to a close and punish those responsible for betraying the integrity of the 2016 Presidential election, please like and share this message on Facebook.