Fleischer: Trump Jr. Meeting Was 'Bad Judgment,' Not Evidence of Collusion With Russia
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer reacted to the newest reporting on Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer last June.
Earlier today, Trump Jr. released an email chain in which he set up the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya after being told of incriminating information on Hillary Clinton.
The emails - purported to be between Trump Jr. and publicist Rob Goldstone - described Veselnitskaya as a "Russian government attorney."
Trump Jr. wrote back at one point, "if it's what you say I love it" on possibly obtaining damaging information that would help the Trump campaign.
Fleischer said on "Outnumbered" today that accepting the meeting appears to be "bad judgment" by Trump, rather than a crime or evidence of collusion.
"It certainly seems to me to be opposition research," he explained, adding this is not evidence of earlier allegations that the Trump team worked with Russia on the stolen DNC emails.
He said the White House has badly managed the matter, since there is a continuous 'drip, drip" of new reports on contacts between the Trump team and Russia.
Fleischer, a new Fox News contributor, said seasoned political professionals would probably have known to ignore the offer, but the Trump campaign may have been ignorant.
"You just don't cross certain lines. ... Yes, you want opposition [research] on your opponent, but not the from the Russian government," he said.
Meghan McCain emphasized that the Trump administration will be dogged by a line in the email which described the information as "high-level and sensitive" and a part of the Russian government's support of Trump.
She said former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort should be blamed for this situation, calling him "incompetent" and "one of the worst people who work in politics."
McCain said a past statement by Vice President Mike Pence, in which he denied contacts between the Trump team and Russians, "is now a lie."
"How they have let this spin so completely out of control is beyond my comprehension," she concluded.
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