According to testimony filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Natalia Veselnitskaya, the attorney that met with Donald Trump, Jr. in June 2016, Trump Jr. was absolutely meeting with her in order to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton. This contradicts everything the Trump administration has said about the meeting, and creates a world of legal problems for Don Jr., as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.


Donald Trump Jr. is headed to the Senate Judiciary Committee today where behind closed doors, far from the ears of the American public, he’s going to testify about his involvement in the possible collusion with Russia that occurred during the Donald Trump campaign. But I’m sure things today are not going to go in Donald Trump’s favor. Do you know why? Because yesterday Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer that Donald Trump Jr. met with in June of 2016, testified in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Donald Trump Jr. met with her with the explicit intent of getting dirt from her on Hillary Clinton.

Now, Veselnitskaya has also made clear that she is tied with the Kremlin in Russia, so in effect, she could be easily classified as an agent of the Russian government. Agent doesn’t necessarily mean something like an FBI agent or KGB agent. It just means somebody working on their behalf, which Veselnitskaya clearly would fit into that description. If Donald Trump Jr. met with her as she says he did to get information about his father’s political opponent, that is collusion, or at least attempted collusion. In this case, it doesn’t necessarily matter if it was attempted or if it came to fruition. He attempted to collude with a foreign superpower in order to harm his father’s political opponent so that his father would win the election.

Again, this information came to light yesterday and it echoes something that Veselnitskaya had said about a month ago, and she was hoping that she would get to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an open hearing so that the entire American public could hear what she had to say and learn the truth about that fateful meeting that Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner had with her back in June of 2016. The official line from the Trump Administration since day one has been that that meeting was just about adoption. They weren’t meeting to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. No, gosh no. Then dumb-ass Don Jr. tweeted out the email chain where he’s like, “Hell yeah, I want that information,” and then he had to backtrack that. Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump himself, Kellyanne Conway, all of them have insisted that he, Trump Jr., did not meet with these people to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, but that is not one, what his own email said, and two, what the actual person that he met with had to say.

This case for the special prosecutor’s becoming a little bit more of a slam dunk with every new piece of information that emerges, because if they’re able to confirm what this lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee, then there is no way in hell Donald Trump Jr. could possibly get away. He will be charged with something, again, most likely collusion, traitorous behavior, maybe even treason. But the bottom line is that if what this lawyer is telling us today is true, there is absolutely no question left that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced