While the White House remains consumed with the president’s poor handling of the “Unite the Right” rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Chief of Staff John Kelly attempts to purge the administration of anyone with ties to the alt-right/neo-Nazi movement, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators continue their work on the Trump-Russia matter.
According to a report in Buzzfeed, Mueller is now focusing his attention on the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and his intentions when he agreed to meet with a Russian attorney in June of 2016. White House adviser Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended that meeting which was held at Trump Tower in New York.
The Buzzfeed report notes:
“The probe of Trump Jr. would bring the investigation right into the president’s family. Prosecutors investigating Trump’s son, the source said, are focusing specifically on his mindset when he met with the Russian attorney on June 9, and they want to learn details of the information that was offered to Trump Jr.”
Emails released by Trump Jr. show that a Trump family associate requested the June 6, 2016 meeting in order share “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary.” That information came directly from Russian officials and was said to be part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” according to the same email. In response, Trump Jr. emailed back:
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
Buzzfeed also reports:
“While it’s unclear which law is at issue, federal law forbids campaign officials from soliciting or accepting ‘things of value’ from foreign nationals. But for the violation to rise to a criminal matter rather than just an administrative one, it has to be a ‘willful’ violation, lawyers explained. So to obtain an indictment against Trump Jr., prosecutors would have to establish that he acted with criminal intent, experts said.”
What penalty could Trump Jr. be facing if it can be proven he violated the law? If a foreign national donates something worth $25,000 or more to a person or campaign conviction on that offense can carry a term of five years in prison. Information on a political opponent could be of high value to an opposing candidate or campaign. This could provide prosecutors with powerful leverage over Trump’s son and force him to choose between prison and testifying under oath against his father.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica