Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dershowitz: "A candidate has a right to get information from whatever source the information comes."

Via Billy

Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz on Saturday dismissed a major argument Democrats have been making against Donald Trump Jr., and said it's clearly unconstitutional.

Several Democrats have argued that U.S. election laws prevent campaigns from receiving anything of "value" from foreign entities, and have said in Congress and in television interviews that items of "value" can be more than money, and can also be information.

That, Democrats say, is why President Trump's campaign violated election laws when Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who said she had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

But in an interview that aired Saturday night on Fox News, Dershowitz said campaign finance laws have never been prosecuted that way. He also said using the law to prosecute people who obtain information from non-U.S. sources would violate the First Amendment.

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