President Donald Trump says Democrats have gone too far in their criticism of him and his campaign over the "Russia thing."
Trump made the comments to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Paris for a meeting with the French president, Politico reported.
Since news broke about first son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian attorney, whom he believed could provide him with information on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, former vice presidential candidate Tim Kane and other Democrats have suggested Trump Jr.'s behavior could be treasonous.
"It's a witch hunt and they understand that," Trump said, Politico reported. "When they say 'treason' -- you know what treason is? That's Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for giving the atomic bomb, OK?"
"My people and the people that support me, who are incredible people, those people are angry because they feel it's being unfair and a witch hunt," added Trump.
Later on July 13, at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump defended Trump Jr.'s actions once again. He declared that "zero" improprieties occurred at the meeting, which "most people would have taken."
Trump Jr. received an email describing the attorney as a "Russian government attorney," but whether she worked for the Kremlin or not remains unclear.
"As far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful young man," added Trump, reports The Washington Post. "He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer."
The president portrayed the meeting as nothing out of the ordinary.
"Politics is not the nicest business in the world, but it's very standard where they have information and you take the information," added Trump. "In the case of Don, he listened, I guess they talked about, as I see it, they talked about adoption and some things. Adoption wasn't even a part of the campaign, but nothing happened from the meeting, zero happened from the meeting, and honestly I think the press made a very big deal over something that really a lot of people were doing."
Christopher Wray, Trump's nominee to head the FBI, stated in testimony to Congress July 12 that emails like the one received by Trump Jr. offering information on political opponents should be reported to the organization.
"Any threat or effort to interfere with our elections from any nation-state or any nonstate actor is the kind of thing the FBI would want to know," he said.
Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Vox in an interview July 13 that he found the Trump administration's explanations hard to believe.
"I can't think of any administration, Democrat or Republican, in this short period of time that has had to change their story this many times," Warner told Vox.
Sources: Politico, The Washington Post, Vox / Photo credit: repmobrooks/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Department of Energy/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chad R. Erdmann/Wikimedia Commons