Rep. Jerry Nadler on Sunday said he did not understand why special counsel Robert Mueller did not charge Donald Trump Jr. and the others who participated in the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton.
'I do not understand why he didn't charge Don Jr., and others in that famous meetings with criminal conspiracy because they were – he said that he didn't charge them, because you couldn't prove that they willfully intended to commit a crime,' Nadler said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.'
Special Counsel Robert Mueller cleared the participants of any crime - in part because they did not know the law.
A source close to Donald Trump Jr. told DailyMail.com that Nadler was harassing the president's son
Nadler argued the meeting itself was evidence of a criminal conspiracy.
'All you have to prove, for conspiracy, is that they entered into a meeting of the minds to do something wrong and had one overt act. They entered into a meeting of the minds to attend a meeting, to get stolen material on Hillary. They went to the meeting. That's conspiracy, right there,' he added.
A source close to Trump Jr. told DailyMail.com that Nadler was 'sad' and 'pathetic.'
'Jerry Nadler is a sad and pathetic man who can't seem to let go of his deranged and now debunked collusion conspiracy theories. Don did nothing wrong in taking the meeting — which is why after 2 years of investigations, not a single person involved was charged with a crime by Mueller. It's unfortunate that instead of doing his actual job, Rep. Nadler seems hell bent on continuing to spend his time smearing and harassing a private citizen for purely partisan political reasons,' the person said.
Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has ties to the Kremlin, during the 2016 campaign.
Through an intermediary, Trump Jr. set up the meeting as the person claimed to have dirt on Clinton's campaign.
Veselnitskaya has led a multipronged attack against the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers and is hated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mueller wrote that he considered bringing charges because campaigns can't accept help from a foreign government or foreign nationals.
'On the facts here, the government would unlikely be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the June 9 meeting participants had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful. The investigation has not developed evidence that the participants in the meeting were familiar with the foreign-contribution ban or the application of federal law to the