- Apr 2, 2007
- No, sleep, till, BROOKLYN
- 11 Xterra Pro-4x, 12 'stang GT
Was that information provided to the Trump campaign or was it provided to a neutral third party that later released that information? Hint: Wikileaks.As for specific laws: How about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and 11 CFR 110.20 - Prohibition on contributions, donations, expenditure, independent expenditures, and disbursement by foreign nationals.
And before you say that information is not an expenditure, the courts and the law say that it has value and is therefore covered under campaign finance law. Bluman vs FEC upheld bans on foreign nationals from making gifts or donations (including services) to a campaign. The decision specifically banned contributions to candidates and political parties as well as “express-advocacy” expenditures — those ads that clearly support or oppose a specific electoral outcome. The Supreme Court affirmed the decision without comment. Russia's interference including the use of advertising - specifically covered under this case.
That is an extremely weak case, if I went on TV and said "Priuses all suck and people should really burn then down" and a bunch of Prisues go up in flames later, am I responsible for all those acts of vandalism?How about the Logan Act, which bars US citizens from interacting with foreign governments, or their representatives, to influence policy. A public appeal for foreign intervention would certainly qualify as "interaction" since it was followed by a response from Russia to aid the Trump campaign.
In the Watergate case, the break in was at express direction of the POTUS not a bunch of people deciding to do it on their own to help Nixon.In the Watergate case, the crime was the physical break-in to access physical records - today that intrusion is electronic, to access electronic records; and it's still just as illegal.
P.S. Putin wanting a specific candidate to win is hardly evidence of said candidate colluding with a foreign country. Maybe Putin is sexist and didn't want to work with a woman.