Trump Jr does not have to be guilty of Treason because the meeting itself was completely illegal. US candidates cannot accept anything of value for an election campaign from foreign nationals. The evidence demonstrates that before the meeting he knew:
- The source was foreign
- He knew Russia was already running an illegal operation to influence the election in favor of Trump
- The purpose was to influence an election by receiving valuable information.
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As some have highlighted:
“Hard to see how there is not a serious case here of solicitation. Trump Jr. appears to have knowledge of the foreign source and is asking to see it,” he writes. “Such information can be considered a ‘thing of value’ for purposes of the campaign finance law.”
He did not have to actually receive the “valuable” contribution to break the law, he only needed to colluded for the purpose of receiving the contribution and he already admitted the entire purpose of the meeting was to receive valuable information against another campaign.