Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellVirginia Democrat introduces tax credit for electric commercial vehicles More than 100 Democrats back legislation lowering Medicare eligibility age to 60 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Texas's near abortion ban takes effect MORE (D-Mich.) on Monday said the "optics" of Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE's Trump Tower meeting with a Russian attorney are "absolutely terrifying and very disturbing."
"You’re [President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 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."
"You're sending your son ... to talk with a foreign government that is an active enemy ... about information that you could use against your opponent? The optics of that are absolutely terrifying and very disturbing": @RepDebDingell on Trump Tower meeting https://t.co/uQx5U6LNH6 pic.twitter.com/4WlzgQnFG6— New Day (@NewDay) August 6, 2018
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 ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation 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.
Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
The Trump administration has previously stated the meeting was about a fight over allowing U.S. families to adopt children from Russia.
"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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.