Liberals have been going crazy trying to tie Donald Trump to the Russians. They’ve been complaining about Russian collusion, but haven’t produced a single thread of evidence. Imagine their delight when they discovered that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian attorney in June of last year to discuss Hillary Clinton.
Donald Junior admits it was a mistake, and wished he had handled it differently.
Here are five things to keep in mind:
1. It’s not a crime to hear about damaging information on a political opponent, even if it’s from a foreign government. Left-wing attorney Jonathan Turley explained that to consider such an action a crime would raise “major free speech and association issues.”
2. It’s not clear that Trump Jr. actually received any noteworthy information on Clinton from the Russian government attorney. It appears that the attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, spent the meeting lobbying for a repeal of the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law leveling sanctions against 18 Russians.
3. The meeting doesn’t seem to be related to the hacking and leaking of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. There isn’t proof that the Trump team was involved with the Russians hacking emails from the DNC and Podesta in order for criminality to be assumed.
4. Some are suggesting that Trump Jr. may have violated a campaign finance law with this meeting. He didn’t. Rachel Stockman at Law Newz wrote that an obscure 1990 FEC ruling might prove Trump Jr. broke the law. The campaign finance law states that it’s illegal to solicit “anything of value” from a foreign national.
5. If what Trump Jr. did was illegal, then so was Hillary Clinton allies working the Ukrainian government for anti-Trump research.
And there you have it!
The Daily Wire reports:
The Left has predictably gone apoplectic over the email thread showing Donald Trump Jr. knowingly accepted a meeting with a Russian government attorney for dirt on Hillary Clinton. There have been cries that Trump Jr. broke the law and even suggestions that he may have committed treason.
There’s no getting around the fact that what Trump, Jr. did was wrong, but it certainly was not illegal.