Giuliani about to commit criminal offense?
Published: Sunday, 12 May 2019 17:23
Rudy Giuliani and Ukraine
After reading the shameful open admission that Rudy Giuliani acting as an agent of a US President plans to seek campaign dirt from a foreign power as part of the Trump attempt to con the American people out of another term in office I found this:
184-185 of Mueller Report:
"[T]he United States has a compelling interest ... in limiting the participation of foreign
citizens in activities of democratic self-government, and in thereby preventing foreign influence
over the U.S. political process." Bluman v. FEC, 800 F. Supp. 2d 281, 288 (D.D.C. 2011)
(Kavanaugh, J., for three-judge court), ajf'd, 565 U.S. 1104 (2012). To that end, federal campaign finance law broadly prohibits foreign nationals from making contributions, donations,
expenditures, or other disbursements in connection with federal, state, or local candidate elections,
and prohibits anyone from soliciting, accepting, or receiving such contributions or donations. As
relevant here, foreign nationals may not make- and no one may "solicit,' accept, or receive" from
them-"a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value" or "an express or implied
promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election."
52 U.S.C. § 30121(a)(l)(A), (a)(2). 1283 The term "contribution," which is used throughout the
campaign-finance law, "includes" "any gift, subscription, loan, advance, or deposit of money or
anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal
office." 52 U.S.C. § 30101(8)(A)(i). It excludes, among other things, "the value of [volunteer]
services." 52 U.S.C. § 30101(8)(B)(i).
Foreign nationals are also barred from making "an expenditure, independent expenditure,
or disbursement for an electioneering communication." 52 U.S.C. § 30121(a)(l)(C). The term
"expenditure" "includes" "any purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, or gift of
money or anything of value, made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for
Federal office." 52 U.S.C. §,30101(9)(A)(i). It excludes, among other things, news stories and
non-partisan get-out-the-vote activities. 52 U.S.C. § 3010 I(9)(B)(i)-(ii). An "independent
expenditure" is an expenditure "expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified
candidate" and made independently ofthe campaign. 52 U.S.C. § 30101(17). An "electioneering
communication" is a broadcast communication that "refers to a clearly identified candidate for
Federal office" and is made within specified time periods and targeted at the relevant electorate.
52 u.s.c. § 30104(f)(3).
The statute defines "foreign national" by reference to FARA and the Immigration and
Nationality Act, with minor modification. 52 U.S.C. § 30121(b) (cross-referencing 22 U.S.C.
§ 61 l(b)(l)-(3) and 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(20), (22)). That definition yields five, sometimesoverlapping categories of foreign nationals, which include all of the individuals and entities
relevant for present purposes-namely, foreign governments and political parties, individuals outside of the U.S. who are not legal permanent residents, and certain non-U.S. entities located
outside of the U.S.
A "knowing□ and willful" violation involving an aggregate of $25,000 or more in a
calendar year is a felony. 52 U.S.C. § 30109(d)(l)(A)(i)
So far has anyone on the GOP side spoken up about this outrgage?
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While at this point Rudy has decided he should not go because "he may meet with people he should not meet with"...the fact remains this potential crime was planned with Trump, making that planning an element of a criminal conspiracy even if it did not succeed.
It would appear we may have a criminal consipricy being planned in plain sight by an employee of the President of the United States to obtain a "thing of value" from a forign national or government for the purpose of effecting the outcome of a US Election.