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'Thrown Under the Legal Bus': Lawyer Says Trump May Have Just Implicated His Son in a Series of Crimes

Trump said it was "totally legal" — but experts disagree.

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President Donald Trump remains obsessed with the Russia investigation, but his attempts to refute any charge of wrongdoing on his or his campaign's part during the 2016 election appears to be doing more harm than good.

As legal analyst Seth Berenzweig explained Monday afternoon, his recent tweet on Sunday supposedly defending his son, Donald Trump Jr., for arranging a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 in order to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government may have actually made his family's legal position even more precarious.

Trump Jr. and others have claimed that the meeting didn't result in their obtaining any actual material to use against Clinton, but Berenzweig explained that this — which remains unproven, to say the least — isn't exactly exculpatory.

"I don't think the defense is very strong," Berenzweig said to CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "If I try to rob a bank, and I walk in to open up a safe, but the safe is empty, I can't say it's a 'nothing-burger.' It's an attempt at criminal activity."

He added: "The person who gets thrown under the bus is [the president's] son, Donald Trump Jr. Several legal issues come into play, and they're all very high-level, and they're very serious. ... This could give rise to an instance of an alleged conspiracy for aiding and abetting a crime for a violation of federal election law, as you noted. There are other felony issues that potentially float out there as well."

Berenszweig pointed out that Trump Jr. originally argued that the meeting was primarily about "adoptions," concealing its actual purpose.

"If Donald Trump Jr. made any false statements to Congress, that would be a violation of the Federal False Statements Act — that is a felony, that is very serious. No wonder there are murmurings that the president is very, very concerned," he said.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.