Donald Trump Jr. appeared on Hannity last night for an interview surrounding a number of emails he published on Twitter earlier that day.
The email chain he published was of his conversations attempting to set up a meeting with a Russian attorney who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. More specifically, she claimed to have information that would “incriminate” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” The email was from 13 months ago, before the Trump/Russia conspiracy theories truly began to be hurled around.
Liberals reported on the email chain as if Trump had responded to this controversy by deleting 33,000 emails then wiping his own private server so they could never he found – but was there a crime committed? According to the former Harvard University’s lawyer-turned-CNN contributor Alan Dershowitz, not that he can see. As Fox News Insider reported, Dershowitz explained that even if Trump Jr. received and used material that was obtained illegally, he’s not in legal jeopardy as long as he had nothing to do with the illegal nature of obtaining the information.
“There’s a big difference between the act of stealing or the act of hacking and the act of using it,” Dershowitz said. “There’s really no difference under the First Amendment between a campaigner using information from somebody who obtained it illegally and a newspaper doing it.”
He said that’s why The New York Times could safely publish the Pentagon Papers, while the man who copied and leaked the documents, Daniel Ellsburg, faced charges under the Espionage Act.
He acknowledged that Trump Jr. should have handled the situation differently, as this looks “awful politically” for the Trump administration.
“But we have to distinguish between political sins and federal crimes,” Dershowitz said.
He added that even if Trump Jr. misrepresented or lied about the meeting, it would only be a crime if he lied to an FBI or law enforcement official or lied under oath.
“We just have to not broaden and expand criminal law by focusing [on] and targeting our enemies.”
Surely the 10,000th “explosive Trump/Russia revelation” will be the one to sink Trump once and for all.