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‘It’s Opposition Research’: GOP Rep. Defends Trump Jr.’s Meeting, Says He Would’ve Done Same Thing

Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) says Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russia lawyer was not only appropriate, but he would’ve done the same thing if it helped him defeat an election opponent.

“I think I probably would have done the same thing,” Yoho said to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “It’s opposition research. Anybody that’s been in an election, you’re always looking to get the upper hand.”

Blitzer proceeded to ask Yoho about the lawyer’s ties to the Kremlin, and whether Trump Jr. should’ve informed the FBI before the meeting last year. Yoho reiterated that the meeting was “appropriate” at the time, and it didn’t unveil any new dirt on Hillary Clinton anyway:

“I don’t think it was inappropriate for what he did. If you’ve got information about an opponent running against you, wouldn’t you want that information––to vet it, to see if it’s real information, and to use it accordingly? And you can’t do that if you don’t have the initial meeting.”

Blitzer continued to grill Yoho on this matter, particularly on whether he believes the White House’s statement saying President Trump only learned about his son’s meeting in recent days.

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