Sen. Klobuchar: Donald Jr.’s Meeting With Russian ‘Getting Very Close to a Serious, Serious Matter’

By Susan Jones | July 10, 2017 | 10:48 AM EDT

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks to MSNBC's "Morning Joe" about Russian collusion on Monday, July 10, 2017. (Screen grab from MSNBC)

( – Unwilling to give President Trump any credit for his recent trip to the G20 and Poland, the liberal cable television networks on Monday morning returned to the “Russia collusion” allegations with a vengeance.

Most of the talk on MSNBC and CNN stemmed from a front-page New York Times report, headlined: "Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton."

According to The New York Times report, Donald Trump Jr. met with a "Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer" in June 2016. Also at the meeting were then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday that she would not opine on whether Donald Jr. committed a crime in agreeing to receive negative information about the opposing campaign, “but we are getting very close to a serious, serious matter here,” she said.

When you look back, it seems like every single person that tried to take this on, whether it's James Comey; whether its Sally Yates warning the White House about the former national security adviser's actions -- everything that happens, they end up as road kill.

And then every other person who seems to get involved in this from the Trump side somehow ends up meeting with the Russians, whether it's the now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions; the former national security adviser; and now you hear that the three top people surrounding the president at that time -- his campaign chairman, his son, his son-in-law -- went to a meeting with someone whose purpose was to give them dirt on Hillary Clinton. 

And so what concerns me is that this has reached the highest levels now, and that is why we have a special prosecutor. As a former prosecutor, I'm not going to opine on what this means and if this is a crime or what happened. But we are getting very close to a serious, serious matter here. 

Appearing later on the same show, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said the fact that the three Trump associates agreed to meet with the Russian lawyer “is strongly suggestive of potentially criminal activity.”

Well, for a group of folks who have nothing hide about their interactions with Russia, they certainly seem to have been hiding a lot.

The idea that these three individuals, the president's son, the president's son-in-law, and the president's campaign manager organized a meeting in order to get the fruits of cyber hacking into their opponent's campaign is strongly suggestive of potentially criminal activity, and the idea that they failed to previously report this despite being required to do so suggests that there may well be some inappropriate action, some conspiracy, or some obstruction.

Now I can't reach those conclusions as to whether it is or isn't because I don't have that evidence in front of me. But it certainly suggests, based on The New York Times reporting, that this is the sort of thing that Bob Mueller should be looking at closely, and if we can do so without interfering with Bob Mueller's independent investigation, we should do so on the Judiciary Committee as well.

Donald Jr., in a statement to The New York Times, said he received no damaging information about Clinton at the meeting with the Russian lawyer, and he said promises of such information turned out to be a “pretext” to discuss other matters of concern to Russia, including Russian adoptions.

On Monday, Donald Jr. retweeted a New York Post article calling the New York Times report “a big yawn.”

In another tweet, Donald Jr. 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.”

Donald Trump Jr. also refuted the New York Times’ claim that he gave two different explanations about why he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer:

“No inconsistency in statements,” Trump Jr. tweeted – “meeting ended up being primarily about adoptions. In response to further Q's I simply provided more details.”

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