Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine told a CNN reporter that the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election may be heading into areas that include into perjury and possibly even treason. Speaking to CNN's Manu Raju in a Senate hallway, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate was responding to news that Donald Trump Jr. met last year with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer in hopes of gleaning information on possible Clinton wrongdoing.
Senator Kaine's comments follow a series of New York Times reports related to Donald Trump Jr. agreeing to accept "compromising" information about Hillary Clinton as part of a "Russian government effort" to help the Trump campaign.
MANU RAJU, CNN: Do you think this is treason?
SENATOR TIM KAINE: That, the investigation – it, it’s not – nothing is proven yet. But, we’re now beyond obstruction of justice in terms of what’s being investigated. This is moving into perjury, false statements, and even into potentially treason...
These emails are very explosive. A June 3rd email that says we want to meet with you to share dirt about Hillary Clinton and it even says, 'This is part of the Russian government's effort to help elect your father.'
The former Clinton campaign has been out in force this week, with campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook hitting the cable news circuit to target President Trump.
Editor's note: The legal definition of treason is: "Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open Court."
Kaine also appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday: