Bloomberg: Did Donald Trump Jr. Provide the Smoking Gun?

Paul Barrett
Jul 13, 2017

The question then becomes whether political dirt meant to hurt a presidential candidate is a “thing of value.” In Trump Jr.’s case, “there’s certainly strong enough evidence to open up an investigation,” says Brendan Fischer, director of Federal Election Commission reform at the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington watchdog group. On July 10, Common Cause, another Washington nonprofit, filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and the FEC, urging the agencies to investigate Trump Jr. Common Cause alleged that the president’s son, “in his role with the Trump campaign, illegally solicited a political contribution from a foreign national—in the form of opposition research he believed would be damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

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