Mutex wrote:My initial thought was Trump Jnr was too dumb to realise he'd actually done something wrong by going to the meeting, despite (according to him) the Russian lawyer not actually having any info. But, he'd already spoken to a lawyer at this point.
Reading an analysis earlier, the only possible wriggle room was that he didn't know the person he was meeting was a foreign national. The emails show that wasn't the case. He's definitely broken the law, although I've no idea what the penalty is.
He's definitely broken what law?
I'm not defending the guy... I definitely agree that what he did was wrong... but wrong isn't the same as illegal.
If evidence were presented that showed that Trump Jr conspired with the Russians to actually commit election fraud, that would be one thing... but at most, we have evidence that he went to a meeting because he thought there would be dirt offered up on Clinton... which is shady and unethical, but not actually illegal. Going to a meeting because the other person claims to have dirt on your opponent isn't illegal. If someone has evidence that Trump Jr offered them something in exchange
for said information, then at least that would be something; but no such evidence has been presented.
The larger collusion argument is that the Trump administration conspired with the Russian government to hack the DNC servers and release information as propaganda... the key being that Russia actually did something
, presumably on behalf of the Trump administration, and presumably in exchange for something. But even there, you'd have to prove
that someone on team Trump conspired with the Russians. It's not enough that it looks glaringly obvious; you have to have evidence.
Odds are that none of this stuff amounts to anything beyond political damage. The Trump administration might spend the next three and a half years taking hell for it, and it might very well neuter his agenda and crush his chances of a second term - we can only hope - but unless some real, solid evidence comes up that actually implicates Trump personally, that's as far as it's gonna go.