Sunday, July 16, 2017

Working with Russians is not a crime according to Trump lawyer

Conservative President Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow has been running around the Sunday morning talk shows to argue that Trumps's campaign meeting with Russian government agents wasn't illegal. Maybe Sekulow should got to the law library and check out these Federal statutes. 52 USC 30121, 36 USC 510. You can't solicit or accept things of value from foreign nationals in a campaign. And if Trump's legal team is going to argue that opposition research or dirt is not a thing of value in an election, then they should be prepared to be laughed out of court. Opposition research or dirt is very valuable in that it allows you to inform voters why the other candidate should not be elected. Sekulow is becoming this decade's Baghdad Bob.

Keith Olbermann was prescient two weeks ago when he posted this video. In it, he notes that conservative operatives at Fox News like Sean Hannity were floating trial balloons that the Trump Campaign could have colluded with the Russians. "It's not illegal," the conservatives would say. They seize on the word collusion. Yeah, collusion is not a crime, however conspiracy is. And conspiracy to commit a crime is illegal. Anyway check out his video. Note at the five minute mark, Olbermann cites some of the crimes. Fraud. Public corruption violations. Conspiracy. Campaign contribution violations. Oh, we have not even gotten to violations of the Espionage Act.

Viva La Resistance.

{Two weeks ago, Keith Olbermannn predicted the Trump defense against collusion with the Russians.)

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