GOP lawmaker: Trump associates should open up about Russian contacts – The Hill

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Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) called on the Trump administration and associates of the president on Friday to open up about any contacts with Russian nationals, saying that he has become frustrated with the changing accounts of such meetings coming out of the White House.

“The reality is, if you had some meetings, if you met some folks … say what you’ve done, get it out there. But yeah, it gets frustrating when you have this. Because I do think that some of this is really overplayed and I think ultimately folks that are on the streets – American people – don’t care. They’re over it,” Taylor said on CNN’s “The Lead.”

Taylor’s comments came as the Trump administration faces scrutiny amid revelations that President Trump’s eldest son, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump attending Women’s Open on Saturday in NJ Castro to Trump: Cuba doesn’t need ‘lessons’ from the US Trump golf course may not host Scottish Open due to concern over ‘politics’ MORE Jr., met with a Russian lawyer last summer who had promised dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGOP lawmaker: Trump associates should open up about Russian contacts Kucinich: Trump Jr. meeting with Russian ‘a bunch of nothing’ Former Obama aide: None of us needed lawyers MORE.

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The New York Times first reported the June 2016 encounter. But in the wake of that report, Trump Jr.’s statements regarding the meeting changed. He eventually released the chain of emails in which he set up the meeting, but only after the Times moved to report on the emails.

Taylor also criticized Congress’ handling of the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential race in favor of Trump, saying that neither Democrats nor Republicans have taken meaningful steps to deter future efforts to meddle in U.S. elections.

“What you have to have here is a policy; A policy that says to other nations they will not interfere in our election,” he said. “A Monroe Doctrine in cyber, if you will. That’s missing from this debate and that’s very unfortunate, both on the Democrats and the Republicans.”