GOP lawmaker: Trump associates should open up about Russian contacts

Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) called on the Trump administration and associates of the president on Friday to open up about any contacts with Russian nationals, saying that he has become frustrated with the changing accounts of such meetings coming out of the White House.

"The reality is, if you had some meetings, if you met some folks ... say what you've done, get it out there. But yeah, it gets frustrating when you have this. Because I do think that some of this is really overplayed and I think ultimately folks that are on the streets – American people – don't care. They're over it," Taylor said on CNN's "The Lead."

Taylor's comments came as the Trump administration faces scrutiny amid revelations that President Trump's eldest son, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE Jr., met with a Russian lawyer last summer who had promised dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE.


The New York Times first reported the June 2016 encounter. But in the wake of that report, Trump Jr.'s statements regarding the meeting changed. He eventually released the chain of emails in which he set up the meeting, but only after the Times moved to report on the emails.

Taylor also criticized Congress' handling of the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential race in favor of Trump, saying that neither Democrats nor Republicans have taken meaningful steps to deter future efforts to meddle in U.S. elections.

"What you have to have here is a policy; A policy that says to other nations they will not interfere in our election," he said. "A Monroe Doctrine in cyber, if you will. That's missing from this debate and that's very unfortunate, both on the Democrats and the Republicans."