Donald Trump Jr’s Russia Meeting: Here Are the Top 5 Media Reactions

From “Morning Joe” to Rachel Maddow, the big players in the media discuss the New York Times report about Trump’s eldest son

Last Updated: July 11, 2017 @ 9:29 AM

Media members all over the country are talking about a recent New York Times story in which the publication reported that Donald Trump Jr. received an email informing him he would receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy.

Trump Jr. released the email chain on Tuesday in wake of the report.

“This is moving into perjury, false statements, and even potentially treason,” Sen. Tim Kaine told CNN, while ethics lawyer Richard Painter told MSNBC on Monday that the situation “borders on treason, if it is not itself treason.”

On Monday evening, the New York Times published a story claiming that President Trump’s eldest son was told in an email that a June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer would deliver intelligence to aid his father.

Three sources told the Times that the email message came from Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter who helped organize the June 2016 meeting. Goldstone met Trump Jr. at the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow.

The message indicated that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information against Clinton. However, there is no evidence to suggest that it was related to the Russian hacking that resulted in the release of thousands of Democratic emails a week after Trump Jr.’s meeting.

On Tuesday, Trump Jr. blew off the report on Twitter, tweeting, “Media & Dems are extremely invested in the Russia story. If this nonsense meeting is all they have after a yr, I understand the desperation!”

“I mean I guess it runs in the family, to go on Twitter when he is clearly in legal jeopardy,” said “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough.

See the top 5 reactions to the email below.

1. “Morning Joe”

“Morning Joe” took a break from bashing President Trump on Tuesday to shift attention over to his eldest son.

“How stupid of Don, Jr.,” said host Joe Scarborough while discussing the latest developments, which dominated the first hour of MSNBC’s morning show.

“I mean I guess it runs in the family, to go on Twitter when he is clearly in legal jeopardy. This time yesterday morning everyone knew he was clearly in legal jeopardy. He goes up on Twitter again yesterday only to be undercut by the New York Times last night because inside his own White House, inside his own administration are leaking on him.”

2. Tim Kaine

Sen. Kaine told CNN that in terms of the ongoing Russia investigation, “we’re now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what’s being investigated. This is moving into perjury, false statements, and even potentially treason.”

3. Richard Painter

Ethics lawyer Richard Painter told MSNBC on Monday that the situation “borders on treason, if it is not itself treason.”

“The Bush Administration never would’ve tolerated this,” Painter, who served as George W. Bush’s White House ethics lawyer, said. “We should not treat this lightly. “

4. Rachel Maddow

On Monday, Rachel Maddow shared the breaking news of the New York Times report on MSNBC, where she proceeded to read the lead of the story “just to put the cherry on top of this.”

After she finished reading it to her audience, silence ensued, and the host tapped her fingers on her desk in front of her.

The host then spoke to Congressman Adam Schiff about the potential for criminality as well as the timeline of the Russian hacking and the release of information to Wikileaks.

5. New York Daily News Cover

Journalist Yashar Ali tweeted Monday’s New York Daily News cover on Sunday, on which the headline read, “Kid Pro Quo,” probably referring to “quid pro quo,” which according to Merriam-Webster means “something given or received for something else.”

Many people praised the headline on social media: “Beautiful headline,  ‘Kid Pro Quo’ on DonJr, just magnificent, who wrote it?Geez, one for the ages,” tweeted one user. 

“In a previous life I wrote A1 headlines for much smaller papers and this is just, like,the pinnacle. Mad props to this person,” wrote another.