Did Donald Trump Jr Break The Law?

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Publish Date:
July 12, 2017
Author(s):
  • Lussenhop, Jessica
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BBC News
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Summary

During the 2016 campaign, the eldest son of Donald Trump met a woman presented to him as a “Russian government attorney” after being told she had damaging information about his father’s presidential election rival Hillary Clinton. Did he commit a crime?

Donald Trump Jr was joined at his 9 June 2016 meeting with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya by then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner.

“It is illegal for a foreign government or a foreign national to give something of value to a candidate or campaign,” says Nathaniel Persily, an election law expert and professor at Stanford Law School.

“It is also illegal for a foreign national and a foreign government to spend money in connection with a federal election.”

“We’re talking about ‘collusion’ as a kind of a catch-all for what are specific, potential crimes,” says Professor Persily.

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