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Nancy Pelosi just tore Donald Trump Jr. to pieces over his emails

Democratic and Republican lawmakers' eyebrows went up Tuesday after Donald Trump Jr. released his emails with publicist Rob Goldstone setting up his June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer. The emails between Trump Jr. and Goldstone revealed that Goldstone had offered "very-high level and sensitive information" to Trump Jr. as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was quick to release a statement condemning Trump Jr.'s meeting and the Trump administration's overall attitude towards Russia. "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," Pelosi said in the statement. "The American people face a White House riddled with shadowy Russian connections and desperate to hide the truth."

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) called the emails "wheelbarrows full of new evidence." When Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was asked if he'd use the word "treason" to describe the emails, he said, "I think the email speaks for itself."

On the Republican side, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) deemed the Russian lawyer's promise of compromising information on Hillary Clinton "very problematic." "Any time you're in a campaign and you get offered from a foreign government to help your campaign, the answer is 'no,'" Graham said. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, gave Trump Jr. "credit" for releasing the emails, though he admitted they may "raise new questions."

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) took a different tack, calling Trump Jr.'s emails "the very thing we should not be distracted by." Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said the Trump Jr. story is "overblown," but when asked if he'd take such a meeting he was reportedly quick to say, "No!"