Donald Trump Jr. Incriminated Himself

In response to a New York Times article, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the full text of an email exchange in an attempt to be “totally transparent” about his meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2017. The emails confirm that Trump Jr. knew that the Russian contact “offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father [then-candidate Donald Trump].”

The email exchange with music promoter Rob Goldstone confirms that the Trump campaign was fully aware that the meeting is “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” This support extends to providing the Trump campaign with incriminating and damaging information on their opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump Jr., however, asserted that the meeting didn’t go anywhere, but he just went to listen to what the Russian attorney had to say. He also added, sarcastically, that nothing is surprising about a person in a campaign seeking to know more about their opponent.

Trump Jr.’s actions, confirmed by his own statement, prove that he broke the law. As Vox’s Zach Beauchamp highlighted, the law in question here is 11 CFR 110.20, which prohibits contributions by foreign nationals. Section 11 CFR 110.20(g) reads: (emphasis added)

No person shall knowingly solicit, accept, or receive from a foreign national any contribution or donation prohibited by paragraphs (b) through (d) of this section.

Paragraph (b) of the section reads: (emphasis added)

A foreign national shall not, directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a donation of money or other thing of value, or expressly or impliedly promise to make a contribution or a donation, in connection with any Federal, State, or local election.

In other words, the law prohibits any person from soliciting anything of value from a foreign national in connection with elections.

Donald Trump Jr. violated that law as the following three conditions can be easily demonstrated:

The law prohibits any person from…

  1. “…soliciting…”: Despite knowledge of the purpose of the meeting, Trump Jr. still agreed to the meeting and was looking to include the campaign manager Paul Manafort and his brother-in-law Jared Kushner.
  2. “…anything of value…”: Documents that would incriminate his opponent Hillary Clinton are extremely valuable for the Trump campaign.
  3. “…from a foreign national…”: Trump Jr. knew that he was meeting a foreign national, not to mention that he knew that the person was linked to the Russian government.

…in connection with elections.

No wonder that Trump Jr. decided to lawyer up on Monday, hiring Alan Fuertas to represent him.

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