Dallas Seo, the GOP senator from Texas, and Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., filed a federal lawsuit Monday over Trump’s eldest son’s email to then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and others, calling the president’s conduct “reckless, reckless, reckless and dangerous.”
The suit, which seeks to have the emails sealed and prevent the president from retaliating against the suitors, argues that the emails are not protected by the First Amendment.
Trump Jr. was reportedly under scrutiny from the Justice Department for the contents of the emails, but he said he did not know whether the messages would be released to the public.
Trump has defended his actions as appropriate, saying his son was cooperating with federal authorities and did not intend to collude with the Russian government.
The suit also names former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s former son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, and says they all conspired to impede the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of a series of Trump-related scandals that have plagued the White House and Capitol Hill.
Former national security advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russians.
The president also fired White House counsel Don McGahn in March after he reportedly urged Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was leading the Russia probe.
Trump, a former New York real estate developer, is also facing criticism from some lawmakers and members of his own party for his failure to fire former FBI Director James Comey as a result of the Russia investigation.