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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

‘We need the truth:’ What Ohio lawmakers are saying about Donald Trump Jr.

Jul 11, 2017
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WASHINGTON — The release Tuesday of emails in which Donald Trump Jr. was told that the Russians had dirt on his father’s presidential opponent and were working for his election left Ohio lawmakers by turns intrigued, irate and, in some cases, hoping a special prosecutor would figure it all out.

Democrats, predictably, were most indignant about an email showing the president’s son had agreed to a meeting based on the premise that the Russian contact had information to incriminate 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. They stopped short, however, of Sen. Tim Kaine’s statement that the younger Trump had may have committed treason. Kaine, D-Va., was Clinton’s running mate.

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, said the release of the exchange refuted months of Trump’s denials that his campaign had contact with Russia.

“Based on Donald Trump Jr.’s email exchange, we now know that is not truth and that the Trump campaign would stop at nothing to win the presidency. The American people are owed the truth and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller should leave no stone unturned in that pursuit,” she said.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, agreed.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, called the emails “troubling” but said they are “forcing attention away from the business of creating jobs and supporting working families.”

“The president needs to be straight with the American people and provide the honest answers they deserve, so we can move on with creating jobs, renegotiating NAFTA and investing in our infrastructure,” he said.

Sen. Rob Portman said he supports Mueller’s investigation into the matter.

Mueller, the Ohio Republican said, “is the right person to get to the bottom of this and give the American people some sense of trust in our institutions.”

Portman said he thinks Russia did meddle in the election. He also said he did not believe meeting with Russia specifically to get dirt on Clinton was “appropriate” — if true.

Spokespersons for Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, and Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, meanwhile, backed their bosses’ support for Mueller as well as the other investigations underway.

This article originally appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on July 11, 2017.