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Facts Matter

Whatever Trump Jr. did, it's not treason

The issue:

Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Kremlin-linked lawyer — and the release of the emails leading up to that meeting — have led some in Washington to start uttering the word "treason," chief among them Sen. Tim Kaine.

Why it matters:

Trump Jr.'s interactions with Russian officials may very well get him in trouble under federal campaign laws — and they certainly run afoul of established norms in presidential campaigning — but they're not treason. Indeed, the scope of a treason prosecution is so narrow that it's hard to fathom a Trump official ever facing down a treason charge as a result of the Russia scandal.