It's funny how things turn out. Did we expect anything less from Trump? The whole idea of the "art of the deal" is using strong-arm quid pro quo
tactics. I'm not sure it is in Trump's character to use soft tactics of influence. It's too bad because I really do prefer Trump over Pence. I
would rather have a social liberal over a right-wing religious conservative any day of the week.
But it really looks like this time Trump has shoved his own foot down his own throat so hard it's not going to end well. I think Trump is just
another mobster member of organized crime we call government. Trump is the swamp!
Now there's been a lot discussion over what law did Trump actually break. And if we say anything at all we are trolls. And the Democrats have done
far worse so Trump should not be held to a different standard. However, if for one moment, you Republicans stop putting your party before country and
the rule of law, then please consider the following laws Trump may have broken:
"The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits a foreign national from directly or indirectly making a contribution of “money or other thing of
value” in connection with a U.S. election, and also prohibits a person from soliciting or accepting such a contribution.
“Soliciting” a contribution from a foreign national is a violation of FECA even if foreign national does not actually make a contribution. No quid
pro quo is necessary for a violation to occur.
FEC regulation prohibits “provid[ing] substantial assistance in the solicitation” of a contribution from a foreign national in connection with a
FECA defines “contribution” to include “any gift … of money or anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any
election for Federal office.”
FEC regulation defines “to solicit” to mean “to ask, request, or recommend, explicitly or implicitly, that another person make a contribution
… or otherwise provide anything of value.” “A solicitation is an oral or written communication that, construed as reasonably understood in the
context in which it is made, contains a clear message asking, requesting, or recommending that another person make a contribution … or otherwise
provide anything of value. A solicitation may be made directly or indirectly.”
Two requirements for criminal prosecution of FECA violations that are not required for impeachment by Congress or for civil enforcement by the FEC:
Proof beyond a reasonable doubt (1) that the defendant acted “knowingly and willfully,”—i.e., defendant knew generally that his conduct was
unlawful and (2) that the amount of the violation was $2,000 or more for a misdemeanor charge or $25,000 or more for a felony charge."
Federal Election Campaign Act
Ukrainegate Campaign Finance Violation: No “Quid Pro Quo” Necessary & July 25 Phone Call Only “Tip of the Iceberg”
Now I get it why you Republicans are so upset. But for moment please stop putting your party before the rule-of-law. Please stop putting your party
before your country. We have to have the rule of law of we will turn into a banana Republic. I was just upset as you when Monica was wiping giz
off her lips. But I took my medicine and so should you.
The next few months are going to be very difficult for you Republicans. I really have empathy for you because I remember how painful the days were
when Clinton was being impeached. Hang in there! 15 years from now your will not remember how bad it felt.
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