This morning, President Trump tweeted “Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That’s politics!” This was in reference to his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton. The President’s tweet reflects a popular belief about how campaigns get and use opposition research.
On Radio Times Monday, host Marty Moss-Coane was joined by two legal experts who said the meeting was not business as usual. They said it raised further questions regarding the Trump team’s credibility after denying any contact with any Russians throughout the campaign. Andy Wright, former associate counsel to the Obama administration’s White House Counsel’s Office and founding editor of JustSecurity said “I’d like to know what was motivating all the people in the Donald Trump inner circle to continue to have amnesia about their contacts with Russia over a protracted period of time, and why that campaign was not just willing to admit that Russia was trying to influence their election.”