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Mueller concluded Trump Jr. was too ignorant to violate election laws

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Donald Trump Jr. gets interviewed by WTAE in Pennsylvania (Screen cap).

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office weighed charging Donald Trump Jr. with a violation of election laws regarding foreign donations to political campaigns — but they concluded he was too ignorant to have knowingly committed a crime.

On page 185 of the Mueller report, the special counsel remarks that the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting could have been a violation of laws barring campaign contributions by foreign nationals. Specifically, the report argues that the promise of damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from Russian nationals could have constituted “an express or implied promise to make a [foreign-source] contribution” to the Trump campaign.

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However, the office concluded that there was not enough evidence to prove that Trump Jr. violated the law, which states that a person in violation must have knowingly done so.

“The Office determined that the government would not be likely to obtain and sustain a conviction for two other reasons: first, the Office did not obtain admissible
evidence likely to meet the government’s burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these individuals acted ‘willfully,’ i.e., with general knowledge of the illegality of their conduct; and, second, the government would likely encounter difficulty in proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the value of the promised information exceeded the threshold for a criminal violation,” the report states.


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