Rep. Jerry Nadler on Sunday said he did not understand why special counsel Robert Mueller did not charge
‘I do not understand why he didn’t charge Don Jr., and others in that famous meetings with criminal conspiracy because they were – he said that he didn’t charge them, because you couldn’t prove that they willfully intended to commit a crime,’ Nadler said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’
Special Counsel Robert Mueller cleared the participants of any crime – in part because they did not know the law.
Rep. Jerry Nadler said he did not understand why Robert Mueller didn’t charge Donald Trump Jr. and the others in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting
A source close to Donald Trump Jr. told DailyMail.com that Nadler was harassing the president’s son
Nadler argued the meeting itself was evidence of a criminal conspiracy.
‘All you have to prove, for conspiracy, is that they entered into a meeting of the minds to do something wrong and had one overt act. They entered into a meeting of the minds to attend a meeting, to get stolen material on Hillary. They went to the meeting. That’s conspiracy, right there,’ he added.
A source close to Trump Jr. told DailyMail.com that Nadler was ‘sad’ and ‘pathetic.’
‘Jerry Nadler is a sad and pathetic man who can’t seem to let go of his deranged and now debunked collusion conspiracy theories. Don did nothing wrong in taking the meeting — which is why after 2 years of investigations, not a single person involved was charged with a crime by Mueller. It’s unfortunate that instead of doing his actual job, Rep. Nadler seems hell bent on continuing to spend his time smearing and harassing a private citizen for purely partisan political reasons,’ the person said.
Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has ties to the Kremlin, during the 2016 campaign.
Through an intermediary, Trump Jr. set up the meeting as the person claimed to have dirt on Clinton’s campaign.
Veselnitskaya has led a multipronged attack against the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers and is hated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But the Mueller report cleared Trump Jr. and Kushner, Trump son-in-law, of committing a crime in taking the June 9, 2016, meeting in part because they did not know the law.
Mueller wrote that he considered bringing charges because campaigns can’t accept help from a foreign government or foreign nationals.
‘On the facts here, the government would unlikely be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the June 9 meeting participants had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful. The investigation has not developed evidence that the participants in the meeting were familiar with the foreign-contribution ban or the application of federal law to the relevant factual context,’ Mueller noted.
Prosecutors ‘did not obtain admissible evidence’ that could demonstrate legal standards that campaign officials knew that the action was illegal, the report found.
‘The investigation has not developed evidence that the participants in the meeting were familiar with the foreign-contribution ban’ or the federal law applying to the meeting and ‘does not have strong evidence of surreptitious behavior or efforts at concealment at the time of the June 9 meeting,’ the report states.
‘Taking into account the high burden to establish a culpable mental state in a campaign-finance prosecution and the difficulty in establishing the required valuation, the office decided not to pursue criminal campaign-finance charges against Trump Jr. or other campaign officials for the events culminating in the June 9 meeting,’ Mueller noted.
Mueller also concluded in his findings that investigators found ‘no documentary evidence’ that Trump had been made aware of the June 2016 meeting.
The spread of dirt on Hillary Clinton, however, might not have been illegal.
‘There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,’ President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’
‘It depends on where it came from,’ he added. ‘You’re assuming that the giving of information is a campaign contribution. Read the report carefully.’
He argued that any campaign would take any information where ever it could.
Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya attended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting
The report cleared Donald Trump Jr (center) and Jared Kushner (right) of any criminal conspiracy surrounding the meeting
‘Any candidate in the whole world, in America, would take information,’ he noted.
Giuliani also argued, but did not offer proof, that the meeting with Veselnitskaya was a setup.
‘Why did the special prosecutor come to the conclusion that that was not an obstructive act and wasn’t obstruction? That particular one he clears them of completely because he’s very embarrassed. He knows that he didn’t follow up on all the suggestions it was a setup,’ he said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’
A loophole in U.S. law may have made the cyber dirt – such as the emails leaked by Wikileaks during the 2016 campaign – permissible by law.
NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Nadler about it.
‘I’m curious if this is a flaw in our code, or is this the way the intended law was made, which is our campaign finance laws. One of the other reasons they declined is that he couldn’t figure out how to value opposition research. They couldn’t figure out how to value cyber material, when looking at it through stolen property – the legal code that has to do with physical merchandise. It seems to me that Mueller was all but saying to Congress, ‘Hey, guys. Your law — the way you wrote the campaign finance laws stink.”
‘Well, that may be,’ Nadler responded. ‘But I think that’s a very conservative reading of the law. Because certainly, people are willing to pay a lot of money for opposition research.’
Nadler has subpoenaed the full, unredacted version of Mueller’s report, setting up a likely legal showdown with Attorney General William Barr.
Barr is scheduled to testify on May 2 before Nadler’s panel.
The New York Democrat has also requested Mueller testify before his committee by May 21.