President Trump Is Standing by His Son During Russian Email Scandal

It's becoming clearer and clearer that the Russian government was involved in the 2016 presidential election. What remains unclear is the extent of their contact with the Trump administration and what the consequences for any potential collusion might be. Earlier this week, President Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., released an e-mail chain on his Twitter account, confirming that he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 in order to gather potentially harmful information about Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr., who recently graced the cover of TIME due to the scandal, has been accused of violating campaign finance law and helping a foreign government influence an American election. He's defended keeping the meeting secret, saying "there was nothing to tell." His father, meanwhile, has denied any collusion with Russia multiple times, and insists that his son has done no wrong.

In a White House interview with Reuters, Trump expressed his belief that "many people would have held that meeting," adding, "Many people, and many political pros, said everybody would do that." Moreover, he tweeted out that his son has been unfairly targeted in a “witch hunt.”

There's been suspicion of a potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign team for a while, but the email evidence is the most damning yet. According to NPR, Trump Jr. may have to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee as early as next week. Some members of Congress are already weighing in, like Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan. "The implications of the email threat are serious & disturbing," he tweeted. "We deserve answers, not an ever-changing story. If there's more, tell us now."

President Trump is currently in France to recognize Bastille Day, but back in D.C. it seems like the investigation into his campaign is just getting started. This is unfortunate timing for the administration, as their health care reform bill is currently struggling to gain the Senate's approval.

However this investigation ends, it has the potential to change political campaign law—and American history—forever.

About The Author

Rachna Shah is a first year student at Dartmouth College, where she is interested in health economics and healthcare reform. As part of the Board at Bridge the Divide, she uses her words as a platform for change and responsibility, encouraging and enabling youth to stay informed and active in the political arena. Rachna is also a writer and editor for several literary and political magazines, including Young Minds, The Weekly Buzz, and Her Campus. When she is not writing, she can be found munching on almonds and listening to the news in French.

Hannah is a junior studying marketing at the University of Washington and is the Editor of the UW Her Campus chapter. She was also a Summer 2017 editorial intern for Her Campus Media. When not editing, writing, or pitching articles, she's probably making PowerPoint presentations for a case competition or ordering a vanilla latte downtown. Follow her on Instagram and Pinterest for artsy photos of flowers & cityscapes.