Trump won’t rule out violating ban on foreign contributions in 2020

Open Secrets

Mueller declined to charge Donald Trump Jr. for illegally soliciting a thing of value from a foreign national, saying he could not establish the value of the information being offered by Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya through a third party. The value of the information must surpass a $2,000 threshold for a criminal charge or $25,000 for a felony charge — Mueller concluded that Veselnitskaya ultimately did not deliver on her promise of providing damaging information.

Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, said the FEC could still pursue civil penalties against Trump Jr. because the agency does not have to prove that violations were committed willingly nor establish the value of the opposition research.

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