House Democrats on Friday highlighted Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer by reading them out on the House floor.
Reps. Ruben Gallega, D-Ariz., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif. took turns reading out the emails that Trump Jr. released on Monday, and criticizing him for agreeing to take the meeting knowing that the lawyer was interesting in giving him dirt about Hillary Clinton.
They were also accompanied by a giant poster of Time magazine's pending cover about Trump Jr., which says "Red Handed" under a black and white picture of the president's son.
"Don. Jr.'s emails are a smoking gun," Gallego said. "They prove that the Trump campaign was not only aware of the Russian government's ... efforts to meddle in our elections, they were enthusiastic about accepting Russian support."
"This email proves that he lacks basic integrity," Gallego said after reading the email in which Trump Jr. said he would "love it" if he could learn damaging information about Clinton.
As they spoke, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., asked a few times to join the discussion, but Democrats dismissed that request.
After they spoke, Rohrabacher took the floor and said Democrats are using "sinister-sounding descriptions" of Trump Jr.'s contacts with Russia to cover up Hillary Clinton's failure to win the election.
While Democrats have protested and demanded White House adviser Jared Kushner have his security clearance revoked, Republicans and some legal experts have said Trump Jr. likely did nothing wrong. Famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz said this week that doesn't see "any crime" as a result of Trump Jr.'s actions, and said U.S. citizens are allowed to use illegally obtained information, as long as they weren't involved in how it was illegally obtained.