Appearing on a panel discussion on the blockbuster report that President Donald Trump was aware that his son, Don Jr., would be attending a meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in July of 2016, the topic turned to Trump’s eldest son defending his father by lying to investigators.
Speaking with the panel, former defense attorney Danny Cevallos explained that — should Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s accusation that Trump knew about the meeting stand up — Don Jr. could be facing a host of federal charges.
“If Don Jr. lied to Congress, there are about six different obstruction statutes that apply to congressional activities,” Cevallos explained.”The most obvious would be 1505, but as long as he intended to mislead or omit factual information, he can be charged with a crime, and this is very important, whether or not he was under oath.”
“If he’s under oath, it’s perjury. If he’s not under oath, it still might be section 1001,” he continued. “If there was a statute of the year in the federal criminal code, it would be section 1001, ‘false statements to authorities,’ including Congress, but not necessarily Congress. We’ve already seen others indicted, pleading guilty to the exact same crime.”
“A number of high-profile people in the past have been charged with this crime. It is a very easy crime to make out and does not require an oath,” Cevallos elaborated. “It essentially requires just a knowing intentional misleading or lying to an agent or Congress or obstructing some proceeding.”
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Joe Biden promises to answer questions about his son’s overseas business dealings — after he’s elected
Joe Biden refused to answer questions about his son's overseas business dealings.
The Democratic presidential frontrunner has been criticized for conducting diplomatic work as vice president in countries were his son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in business, but he refused at two campaign stops Monday to take questions about the controversy, reported ABC News.
Instead, his campaign promised that Biden would issue an executive order "on his first day in office" to "address conflicts of interest of any kind."
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The DOJ made the argument Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit, Courthouse News reports, noting the judges appeared "incredulous" with the government's claims.
CNN panelist stumps host with Trump logic: ‘You can statistically say anything but I don’t see it’
A Trump supporter on Thursday brushed off statistics showing that hate crimes have been rising since President Donald Trump's election by claiming that he has not personally seen any additional hate crimes.
During a CNN voter panel, host Alisyn Camerota quoted from official statistics showing a significant increase in hate crimes committed since Trump's upset victory in 2016.
Trump supporter Darrell Wimbley, however, wasn't buying it and he cited his own personal experiences to prove his point.
"You can say that, but I truly don't believe it because I don't see it," he said. "I can statistically say anything but I don't see it."