Mueller Appears Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Robert Mueller’s Big Mistake: Letting Donald Trump Jr. Off The Hook, Experts Say He Should Have Been Indicted

Jonathan Vankin - Author

Apr. 20 2019, Updated 11:21 p.m. ET

In one of the major surprises contained in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the conclusions reached in his Russia election interference investigation, was his decision not to prosecute Donald Trump’s oldest son, 41-year-old Donald Trump Jr. The younger Trump appeared to be in legal jeopardy over a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower in New York when he met with a group of Kremlin-linked Russians who promised “incriminating” information about Democrat Hillary Clinton, as The Inquisitr has earlier described.

But now, legal experts have said that Mueller made serious mistakes arriving at the decision to let Trump Jr. off the hook — a decision Mueller explains in detail in the report posted online by The New York Times.

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In the report, Mueller says that while federal law indicates that soliciting valuable campaign help from foreigners is a felony, the total value of that help must be at least $25,000, or at least $2,000 to simply constitute a crime. But on page 188, volume I of the report, Mueller explains that he would “encounter difficulty proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the value of the promised documents and information exceeds the $2,000 threshold for a criminal violation, as well as the $25,000 threshold for felony punishment.”

Writing for the online magazine Slate, University of California–Irvine Law Professor Richard Hasen calls Mueller’s argument that the “incriminating” information on the Democratic nominee offered by the Russians may not exceed $25,000 in value “ridiculous.”


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