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Trump - Quid Pro Quo

To Donald Trump’s critics, it was a “smoking gun” evidence that proved his 2016 campaign was engaged in collusion with Russia. Donald Trump dismissed news accounts of the latest revelations about a meeting between members of his presidential campaign and a Russian lawyer, as discussion raged on about whether the campaign cooperated with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US election. Trump called the reports about Russia revelations a 'Hoax'.

There is no crime of collusion, but conspiracy and treason are crimes. On 11 July 2017 Donald Trump Jr. released emails showing how he eagerly agreed to meet with the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, after she promised she had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, to be turned over as part of the Russian government’s support for Trump’s candidacy. "I love it," the son responded after an interlocutor setting up the meeting wrote that Veselnitskaya had "official documents and information" that would "incriminate" Hillary Clinton and be "very useful to your father" as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

Hours after his son set up the meeting in June 2016, Trump Sr. said he would soon be giving a major speech focused on Clinton. In an interview with the New York Times 19 July 2017, Trump Sr. rejected the idea that the two events were linked, saying he "made many of those speeches." Trump said "There wasn't much I could say about Hillary Clinton that was worse than what I was already saying". When asked about the meeting by the Times, the president said it "must have been a very unimportant meeting, because I never even heard about it."

The quid pro quo was a request for relief from the Magnitsky sanctions. The reason they were discussing adoptions is the Russians were willing to resume Russian adoptions if the United States gave them sanctions relief. The exchange of dirt on Hillary Clinton and sanctions relief is a quid pro quo, a criminal conspiracy. Tim Kaine, Clinton’s former running mate, has said Donald Junior may have potentially committed treason when he agreed to meet with the Russian lawyer. Treason is giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States.

"Nothing happened from the meeting, zero happened from the meeting, and honestly I think the press made a very big deal over something that really a lot of people will do," Trump senior said. WikiLeaks subsequently released thousands of emails in the weeks ahead of the election, with many of them showing embarrassing behind-the-scenes efforts by Democratic operatives to help Clinton win the Democratic presidential nomination. She has partly blamed her loss on the disclosure of the emails.

Donald Trump told reporters on Air Force One 13 July 2017 that the "media witch hunt" linking his 2016 presidential campaign to Russia was "bad for the country," because "there's no collusion, there's no obstruction, there's no nothing." Trump accused Democrats of playing "their card too hard on the Russia thing, because people aren't believing it," especially in making accusations of treason. "When they say 'treason' — you know what treason is? That's Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for giving the atomic bomb [to the Russians], OK?" the president said.

Donald Trump said the information published by Wikileaks had “absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.” ThinkProgress calculated Trump talked about Wikileaks and the content of the emails it released at least 164 times in last month of the campaign. Trump, who once called for the “death penalty or something” for Assange, had suddenly embraced the WikiLeaks founder as a trusted source. During the campaign Trump had suggested that the hacks could have been the work of “someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 lbs.”

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