One of the many questions raised by critics reading the Mueller’s report is why Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., escaped indictment for what some experts say — as The Inquisitr has reported — appeared to be a clear violation of campaign finance laws. Said campaign finance laws prohibit soliciting, or taking things of value, from foreign governments or sources.
But by letting Trump Jr. off the hook, Mueller appears to have the go-ahead to another Trump loyalist — former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also Trump’s personal lawyer — to do the same thing in the 2020 presidential campaign. Giuliani, according to a CBS News report, says that he plans to travel to Ukraine. There, he will reportedly push the government to open investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, who currently leads the field of potential Democratic presidential candidates in the polls.
Giuliani has high-level connections in Ukraine. According to a Thursday report from The New York Times, the Trump lawyer has also worked as a “lobbyist” for Ukrainian-Russian real estate billionaire Pavel Fuks.
Fuks had been reportedly investigated by Mueller over money allegedly funneled into Trump’s inaugural committee, according to Mother Jones magazine. But Fuks’ name does not appear in the Mueller report.
On June 9, 2016, Trump Jr. took a meeting with a group of Russians led by a Kremlin-connected lawyer, allegedly on the promise that they would deliver “incriminating” information on Democrat Hillary Clinton. But while such damaging information would appear to be extremely valuable to the Trump campaign, Mueller, in his report — posted online by The New York Times — states that he would “encounter difficulty proving” that such information about Clinton was worth more than $2,000. That figure is the financial threshold at which to solicit a thing of value to a campaign, from foreigners, becomes a criminal act.
Mueller also said — at volume one, page 190 — of the report, that he was not sure that Trump Jr. “knew generally that his conduct was unlawful.” This also made it difficult to prosecute him, according to Mueller.
“When Mueller dithered about whether Trump Jr. had illegally solicited campaign donations from foreign nationals, many of us thought and said that it could create a dangerous precedent,” wrote Seth Abramson, author of the bestselling Trump-Russia book Proof of Collusion, on his Twitter account. Abramson added that it took Giuliani “mere days” to announce his plans to do what Trump Jr. had done, seemingly soliciting foreign help for Trump’s campaign.
Giuliani also says he wants the Ukraine government to open investigations that will prove Mueller’s investigation to have been a “witch hunt,” according to a report by The Daily Beast.
“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” Giuliani said, according to an NBC News report. “There’s nothing illegal about it.”