During an interview on CNN’s State Of The Union, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that the committee wants to hear from Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump Jr. on their meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian attorney.
Schiff said that he thinks the meeting with Trump Jr. Kushner, and Manafort, and the Russian attorney was really about influencing policy and removing sanctions.
When asked by Dana Bash if investigators wanted to question Trump Jr., Schiff said, “You know, I think we’re going to want to question everyone who was at that meeting about what was discussed. You know, by trying to frame it as being about adoptions ignores what it sounds like the meeting may have really been about, and that is the Magnitsky Act,, and that is legislation, very powerful legislation that goes against Russian human rights abusers, so if this was an effort to do away with that sanctions policy, that is obviously very significant.”
The pieces of the puzzle are coming together. It is clear that the Trump campaign and family were working with the Russians during the campaign. We know what Putin wanted out of the relationship, but Trump’s presidency hinges on what the Trump campaign got from their meetings with the Russians.
If Trump worked out a “deal” where the Russians would get the policies they wanted in exchange for helping Trump win the election, that is collusion, and this president may very face impeachment. What is clear is that the scandal has now moved from inside the White House to Trump’s own children.
Trump is desperate to kill his investigation because it may have the potential to not only kill his presidency but also destroy his entire business career.