Dem Rep. Ted Lieu: If Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting had been a drug deal he’d be guilty of conspiracy
That’s not the only message, however, Lieu is trying to send.
In an interview with Cheddar, Lieu used his background as a prosecutor to offer an analogy as to why Trump Jr.’s now-infamous “I love it” response is the first prosecutable step of this conspiracy.
“Let me give you an analogy,” Lieu told his interviewer. “Let’s say someone says ‘I’ve got a bunch of cocaine’ and emails that to you, and you reply back saying ‘I love it!’ Then you set up a meeting, you show up at that meeting, and if that cocaine turned out to be salt, it is still prosecutable as a crime of conspiracy.”
Later in the interview, Lieu turned his lens on President Donald Trump’s advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was also in Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya and former campaign chair Paul Manafort.
“He should be nowhere near the White House,” Lieu said. “His security clearance needs to be suspended. If I in any way had advocated for a secret Russian backchannel using Russian equipment at the Russian embassy, my security clearance would have been suspended when I was in the military.”
Watch Lieu’s bombastic interview below, via Cheddar.