Dem: Optics of Trump Tower meeting ‘absolutely horrifying’

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Energy: Trump threatens veto on defense bill that targets 'forever chemicals' | Republicans form conservation caucus | Pressure mounts against EPA's new FOIA rule Trump threatens veto on defense bill that targets 'forever chemicals' Senate vote requires military, EPA to deal with harmful 'forever chemicals' MORE (D-Mich.) on Monday said the "optics" of Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit Trump associate Felix Sater grilled by House Intel MORE's Trump Tower meeting with a Russian attorney are "absolutely terrifying and very disturbing." 

"You’re [President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE] sending your son, a family member, to talk with a foreign government that is an active enemy, or potential adversary at least, of this country to talk about information that you could use against your opponent?" Dingell said on CNN's "New Day." "The optics of that are absolutely terrifying and very disturbing." 

The president on Sunday admitted in a tweet that Trump Jr. went to the meeting to get dirt on Democratic presidential opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE, after administration officials released multiple explanations for the 2016 meeting that included the president's son and an attorney with ties to the Russian government

The Trump administration has previously stated the meeting was about a fight over allowing U.S. families to adopt children from Russia.

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"In that tweet, he acknowledged his son went to a meeting with representatives of a country that has been an adversary of this country," Dingell said. "That is something that’s very disturbing, period." 

The Washington Post and CNN on Saturday reported that Trump has ramped up attacks on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation in recent weeks because he is afraid Mueller will ultimately bring legal charges against Trump Jr. 

It has previously been reported that the British music producer who set up the meeting between Trump Jr. and the Russian attorney told Trump Jr. that the information she could provide — allegedly compromising information about Clinton — was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

“If it’s what you say, I love it,” Trump Jr. replied, according to emails he released himself.