Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has released a statement on the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. and other members of the Trump campaign team met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer after being directly informed the Russian government was seeking to help them win the election.

“There’s no escaping it: the Trump Campaign’s inner circle met with an agent of a hostile foreign power to influence the outcome of an American election.  The American people face a White House riddled with shadowy Russian connections and desperate to hide the truth.

“One after another, senior Trump officials have been caught hiding secret meetings with Russian agents.  The incendiary news of the meeting arranged by Donald Trump Jr. is a grave development in the investigation of Trump officials’ possible collusion with Moscow.  In addition to Special Counsel Mueller’s scrutiny, everyone at the meeting should be immediately summoned to appear under oath before the House and Senate committees investigating.

“Last week, America watched President Trump fawn over the dictator whom the U.S. intelligence community concluded intervened to help elect him.  Instead of protecting the integrity of our democracy, President Trump invited the foxes deeper into the hen house with his ludicrous cybersecurity cooperation proposal.  Republicans must stop standing in the way of establishing an independent, outside, American commission to get to the bottom of Russia’s tampering in our election and prevent Putin from doing it again.”