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Donald Trump Jr. Just Explained Why He Met With That Russian Lawyer

Donald Trump Jr. has finally revealed his groundbreaking "reason" for meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June of 2016: his concern for Hillary Clinton's "fitness" as a candidate.

“To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” he said. “Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”

Yet, we're having trouble believing what he says.

"It is important to remember that anyone who testifies in front of a Senate committee is under the restrictions of the False Statements statute that says material false statements to Congress are criminal and punishable with fines or imprisonment or both," said Senator Chris Coons (D-CT), regarding the testimony.

If Donald Trump Jr. is telling the truth, no harm done. 

However, according to the other Senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal:

 “There is still a lot of questioning to be covered.”  

Blumenthal made it clear that without corroborating testimony from other attendees of the alleged meeting such as Jared Kushner and Paul J. Manafort, nothing would be accepted as fact.

How deep this goes remains to be seen.  Have we been truly compromised by the Kremlin?

H/T: New York Times, TPM, Twitter