Investigate Trump’s campaign & Donald Trump Jr. for breaking election law

Common Cause files formal complaint against Donald Trump Jr. & Trump campaign

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SIGN THE PETITION: Donald Trump Jr. reportedly met with a Putin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Soliciting any kind of election-related contribution from foreign nationals is against the law -- the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice must fully investigate the Trump campaign and Trump Jr.’s actions and hold them accountable.

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SIGN THE PETITION: Donald Trump Jr. reportedly met with a Putin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Soliciting any kind of election-related contribution from foreign nationals is against the law -- the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice must fully investigate the Trump campaign and Trump Jr.’s actions and hold them accountable.

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UPDATE: We now have a paper trail of Donald Trump’s son soliciting a contribution -- in this case, opposition research to influence the presidential election -- from a Russian national with ties to Putin’s government.

Americans expect -- and deserve -- that our elected officials are beholden only to us, not to a foreign government. That’s why the Federal Election Campaign Act has a longstanding ban on anyone, including candidates or their campaigns, soliciting contributions or other support from foreign national

But news broke over the weekend that the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., may have broken that law by meeting with a Putin-connected lawyer after he was allegedly promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Federal law defines a contribution as “anything of value … for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office” -- which makes Trump Jr.’s attempts to obtain damaging information on his father’s election opponent a clear-cut violation of the law.

Common Cause filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice -- Common Cause v. Donald Trump Jr. and the Donald J. Trump for President Committee, Inc -- demanding a full investigation into what happened.

The new revelations should be part of the investigation that Special Counsel Mueller is overseeing to determine whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russian government  -- and whether the President has engaged in obstruction of justice after he fired the former FBI Director.

The American people deserve the full story of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian government in its attempts to interfere with the 2016 election. If Trump or his team were involved with this attack on our democracy, they must be held to account.

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Read More: DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Campaign for Illegal Solicitation of Contribution from Foreign National

Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Donald Trump Jr., in his role with the Trump campaign, illegally solicited a political contribution from a foreign national—in the form of opposition research information he believed would be damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Trump Jr. admitted to The New York Times that on June 9, 2016, he met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer who had promised him “damaging information about Hillary Clinton.” By that time his father had already secured the Republican nomination for President and Trump campaign chairman Paul J. Manfort also attended the meeting at Trump Tower as did Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. Trump Jr. issued the statement to say that he had not in fact obtained the promised information but instead had been misled and lobbied on specific U.S.-Russian foreign policy issues. Nonetheless Trump Jr.'s meeting constitutes an illegal solicitation of a foreign national “contribution” by him and the Trump campaign. Federal campaign finance law defines “contribution” to include anything of value given for the purpose of influencing a federal election. And federal law prohibits any person from soliciting or receiving a contribution from a foreign national.

“These laws exist to safeguard U.S. national security and Donald Trump Jr. appears to have violated the law in order to obtain information helpful to his father’s campaign for the presidency,” said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause. “These actions are part of a troubling pattern of President Trump, members of his family and key advisors acting as if they are above the law. Trump’s family and inner circle are not above the law, and we urge the Justice Department and the FEC to fully investigate this apparent violation and hold Trump Jr. and the campaign accountable if appropriate.” 

“Donald Trump Jr. played an active role in his father’s campaign and made a point of inviting then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner to the meeting with Veselnitskaya,” said Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause Vice President for Policy and Litigation. “Trump Jr. appears to have been treating the election as some sort of reality TV game show, with a goal of winning at all costs. However there are laws on the books prohibiting the solicitation of anything of value from a foreign national to influence a U.S. election and those laws appear to have been violated by Trump Jr.”

To read the DOJ complaint, click here.

To read the FEC complaint, click here.

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SIGN THE PETITION: Donald Trump Jr. reportedly met with a Putin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Soliciting any kind of election-related contribution from foreign nationals is against the law -- the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice must fully investigate the Trump campaign and Trump Jr.’s actions and hold them accountable.

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