Fox News host Chris Wallace continuously held Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow’s feet to the fire as the lawyer tried to downplay Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian operatives during the presidential campaign.
Wallace accused Sekulow of “ducking” questions about whether the Trump campaign and specifically Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort attempted to engage in collusion with Russians.
During the heated exchange, Wallace noted that the Team Trump, including Donald Trump himself, had repeatedly claimed that they had not had any contact with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Responding to Wallace’s question on whether the latest news contradicts the repeated and continuous denials, Sekulow pushed back by first downplaying the status of the attendee(s). “This was a lawyer who was Russian. And what took place in that meeting — and it’s been well-reported, and you’ve reported on it as well — the discussions involved the Magnitsky Act and Russian adoptions.”
“Let me just point out, Natalia Veselnitskaya was not just some lawyer off the street. She had close ties to people in the Kremlin,” Wallace shot back.
He then attempted to pivot to accusing the Clinton campaign of colluding with the Ukranian government.
The Fox host focused the discussion again, only to have Sekulow change the conversation to the fact that the meeting, in and of itself, was not an illegal act.
“This doesn’t have anything to do with my question, Which is whether or not there were contacts [with Russians]” Wallace finally interrupted after the Trump lawyer ventured into talking about former FBI Director James Comey’s book deal.
Sekulow again went back to Comey’s book deal which prompted another interruption by Wallace. “I’m not asking you about any of that,” he fired back. “The question I’m asking — the President, his son, the vice president repeatedly denied any contacts with the Russians. Given what we’ve learned this week about the contact between a number of top campaign officials including the president’s son, are all those denials just fake news and a hoax or are those suspect?”
Again, Trump’s lawyer attempted to pivot away with Wallace bringing him back to the basic facts. “The point is it does show intent, willingness,” Wallace said. “Perhaps not actual collusion. Doesn’t it show intent and willingness on the part of Don Jr. and Jared, and Paul Manafort to collude with the Russians?”
“You know that goes on in campaigns all the time. Opposition research is a big part of campaigning,” Sekulow again attempted to downplay what really was happening.
“It doesn’t go on with the Russians all the time,” Wallace pointed out.
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