CALL: the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (202-224-1700 );
Senator Marco Rubio, who serves on the Committee (202-224-3041 or 904-398-8586)
YOUR ACTION: .Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort must publicly testify under oath about the details of this meeting and any other similar meetings they had with Russian nationals. Demand that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence call them to testify.
It is now clear that Donald Trump, Jr., Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner agreed to meet with a Russian government attorney with the explicit purpose of discussing information that the Russian government thought would help the Trump campaign. On June 9, 2016, they met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer, with long-standing ties to the Kremlin.
Prior to the meeting, Trump, Jr. received an email (the text of which he has now released) that stated that “the Crown prosecutor of Russia” had “offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your [Trump, Jr.’s] father.” Trump, Jr. expressed interest in meeting to discuss this information immediately, writing, “[I]f it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” Follow-up emails made it clear that the meeting would be with a “Russian government attorney” and cc’ed Manafort and Kushner, meaning all three men were aware that they were meeting with a Russian government lawyer to try to hurt Clinton’s campaign. These emails were sent right before the Wikileaks dump publicly revealed Russia’s potential meddling. Also of note: two weeks after this meeting took place, Trump, Jr. went on CNN to deny claims of Russians helping the Trump campaign as “disgusting” and “phony” and has been making similar claims about the Russian election interference ever since.
The New York Times calls this incident “the first public indication that at least some in the campaign were willing to accept Russian help.” Trump, Jr.’s willingness to accept campaign-related information from a hostile foreign source, as well as the presence of top campaign officials Kushner and Manafort at the meeting, provides clear evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Neither Trump, Jr. nor Kushner disclosed the details of this meeting–in fact, the meeting was unearthed only after Kushner quietly revised a security form to note that it had happened. Their secrecy raises the question of how many more similar meetings took place unbeknownst to investigators, national security officials, and the public.
As Trump, Jr.’s emails have now revealed, Trump, Jr. deliberately sought out information obtained by a foreign government to interfere with the United States presidential election, an act of possible treason. Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort must publicly testify under oath about the details of this meeting and any other similar meetings they had with Russian nationals.
[IF CALLING SENATOR MARCO RUBIO] Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY STATE ZIP CODE].
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I’m calling to request that the Senate Select Committee on Security call Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort to publicly testify about the details of their June 9th meeting with a Russian lawyer, and any other similar meetings with Russian officials they have failed to disclose. I am deeply concerned that Trump, Jr.’s participation in this meeting reflects the Trump team’s possible collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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