Professor Turley on Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer.
Democrats and their media allies are acting as if they’ve finally hit the Russian collusion jackpot over the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer. Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, has even suggested this could be evidence of treason.
Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University threw cold water on all of this during an appearance on FOX News with Martha McCallum last night.
Here’s a partial transcript via Real Clear Politics:
GWU Law Prof. Jonathan Turley on Trump Jr. Meeting A Russian: “For The Love Of God… This Is Not Treason”
It is like we have this giant Rorschach test and people see whatever they want to.
The criminal code has defined elements to it. You just don’t find these ambiguous crimes. Some people have said this could be treason. For the love of God, treason is defined in the Constitution. This is not treason. Other people have said this could be a Logan Act violation. Well, Logan Act has been used once in 200 years and is facially unconstitutional. One said, well, if you take things of tangible value under the campaign laws and treat information like that, then maybe you have a campaign contribution violation. Well, yeah, but we haven’t seen that done. You could also treat it like a panda and say it’s an endangered species violation, but courts haven’t done that. So, I think that people need to take a breath…
What I’ve said to a lot of my friends who do legal analysis is, is this really the world you want to live in, where we broaden the definition of crimes so far that most any conversation could be a criminal act?
That’s a very dangerous world to live in, but more importantly, if information is now a thing of tangible value under federal campaign laws, then the Clinton campaign could be charged with the same type of offense, and a wide variety of other campaigns could be charged.
Here’s the video:
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