Dem: Optics of Trump Tower meeting ‘absolutely horrifying’

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Democrats call on Pompeo to restore funding to Gaza Democratic congresswomen wear white to Trump's address in honor of suffrage movement MORE (D-Mich.) on Monday said the "optics" of Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr., Meadows wear matching Trump jackets on 'Fox & Friends' Group auctioning off hunting trip with Donald Trump Jr. Trump allies to barnstorm Iowa for caucuses MORE's Trump Tower meeting with a Russian attorney are "absolutely terrifying and very disturbing." 

"You’re [President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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 ClintonDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: High stakes at last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday 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 MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.