CNN's Cuomo on Whether Trump Jr. Committed Treason by Meeting With Russian Lawyer: 'It's Not My Call'

July 12, 2017

CNN host Chris Cuomo on Wednesday would not say whether President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., committed treason by meeting with a Russian lawyer last June.

"Do you think the meeting that Donald Trump Jr. took was a violation of the law?" asked Jay Sekulow, the president's attorney.

"I don't know," Cuomo said. "It's not for me to say. The standard is tight. Treason is a very tight statute. The FEC laws are about solicitation."

Sekulow pushed back against Cuomo, acknowledging that the CNN host was a "smart person" and knew Trump Jr.'s actions were not treasonous.

"It's not my call," Cuomo said.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) floated the idea that the Russia investigation was potentially moving into a "treason" investigation on Tuesday morning, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

"Nothing is proven yet, but we're now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what's being investigated," Kaine said. "This is moving into perjury, false statements, and even into potentially treason."

"To meet with an adversary to try to get information to hijack democracy. The investigation is now more than just obstruction of justice in investigation. It's more than just a perjury investigation. It's a treason investigation," Kaine added.