REPS. LIEU & GALLEGO SEND LETTER TO FEC CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION OF TRUMP CAMPAIGN ASSOCIATES

July 12, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | California) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D I Arizona) sent a letter to FEC Acting General Counsel Lisa Stevenson requesting an immediate investigation of Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner for possible violations of federal election law. Under the Federal Election Campaign Act, it is illegal to accept anything of value from a foreign national in connection to a local, state, or federal election. Specifically, the letter points out that – even if the Trump campaign did not receive the promised opposition research – the law prohibits solicitation as well as receipt of “anything of value” from a foreign national.

In the letter, Mr. Lieu writes:

“We write with regard to the conduct of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, all of whom appear to have violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA, U.S.C. § 30101) while serving as advisors to Donald Trump for President, Inc. While it is possible the conduct discussed in this letter may violate laws against treason and other crimes, at the very least it appears these individuals have violated FECA’s ban on soliciting from a foreign national a ‘contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election. The penalties for violations of FECA can include severe fines or imprisonment.”

“If recent reports by the New York Times are correct, the Russian attorney with whom [Trump campaign associates] met under the premise of receiving documents which would “incriminate Hillary [Clinton]" and which explicitly came from the Russian government would have constituted an offering of such a proscribed ‘thing of value.’ Given the gravity of these concerns, we request the FEC open an immediate investigation into possible violations of federal law by Donald Trump Jr. and his associates in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign.”

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE

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