>> For my generation->> The explosive email released from Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday, throwing the investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign into high gear. Trump Jr. tweeting an email exchange titled Russia, Clinton, private and confidential, which seems to confirm the Trump team was more than happy to accept help from Moscow in their bid to win the White House.
Publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged a meeting between Trump, Jr. and a Russian lawyer, at one point promising quote, very high level and sensitive information would be presented by the lawyer, and is quote part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump. Don Jr. replying quote, if it's what you say, I love it.
But is this illegal? Reuters correspondent Jan Wolfe.>> There could be a finding that Donald Trump Jr.'s conduct violated campaign finance laws. Such a finding would probably come from the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller. The campaign finance law prohibits the solicitation of something of value from a foreign national.
Political opposition research according to some legal experts is a thing very much of value. It's a commodity that politicians pay for. There is no crime called collusion, but collusion is really just another word for conspiracy. And conspiracy is obviously a crime. Conspiring to commit any sort of crime is an unlawful act in and of itself.
>> In a statement Tuesday, the President praised his son for releasing the email thread, which the New York Times says he did only after learning the paper would release them in full.>> My son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency.>> These emails contradicting the Trump team's months of denials that they had any involvement with Russia or any knowledge of Russia's preference for Trump.
When asked about a Russian plot to help his father win the election, Trump Jr. just one month after meeting with this Russian lawyer, telling CNN, quote, it's disgusting, it's so phony, I can't think of bigger lies. Trump Jr.'s disclosure could now entangle a wider web of Trump officials who also attended the meeting.
>> If at any point meetings were left off disclosure forms during the course of government background checks before coming into office or if misleading statements were made to investigators by members of the Trump campaign, that could arguably also give rise to criminal liability because it's a crime to make false statements to the government.
President Trump, who has called the Russian investigation fake news, a hoax, and a witch hunt, has been uncharacteristically quiet on the matter in recent days. He's had no public events, and beyond a statement in support of his son, has said or tweeted nothing about the revelations.