In the wake of reports about a meeting last year between between Donald Trump Jr, other Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York has called on Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte to schedule hearings to investigate the matter.
Nadler, a ranking Democrat on the committee, said:
Donald Trump, Jr.’s subsequent response, including the released excerpts from an email exchange, suggest incriminating evidence of collusion with Russia by the highest levels of the Trump campaign. Donald Trump, Jr. confirmed interest in, and expressed support for, working with Russian officials who offered allegedly incriminating evidence against Hillary Clinton for the purpose of assisting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. This revelation is significant, both for the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as new investigative territory that relate to President Trump and his associates.
The criminal investigation by Director Mueller and the House and Senate Intelligence Committee investigations must, of course, continue. However, when it comes to investigating the sweeping nature of the current allegations, the firing of FBI Director Comey, the potential criminal activity by the Trump campaign, and the attempt by a foreign power to undermine our elections – it is clear that we must have open hearings with the jurisdiction and authority to fully conduct an investigation of this matter. The House Judiciary Committee should immediately conduct hearings to investigate, and I call on Chairman Goodlatte and the Republican leadership to allow the public interest to be served.
So far Goodlatte, like most Republicans, has not said a word about the latest revelations concerning Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with close connections to the Kremlin, and an email exchange in which he responded to a promise of damaging information from the Russian government about Hillary Clinton by writing, “I love it.”
Just imagine Goodlatte’s outrage if, say, Chelsea Clinton had attempted to aid her mother’s campaign by trying to collude with a hostile foreign power promising damaging information about Donald Trump. The only possible conclusion is that Goodlatte has made a cold political calculation to put party above country and misplaced loyalty to President Trump above courage and integrity.
He may be surprised how bad a calculation that turns out to be.