Trump Jr.'s Russia emails could trigger probe under election law

Published July 12, 2017

An article on Reuters about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential race and the investigation into whether he violated U.S. election law interviews James Gardner, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Bridget and Thomas Black Professor in the UB School of Law. Gardner said he did not believe Trump Jr. would have violated the law if he solicited damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The article appeared in news outlets around the world, including Yahoo News in the U.S., Singapore, India and England; India’s NDTV; China Daily; MSN Singapore; France’s Euronews; England’s Daily Mail; and Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald.

                Gardner also was interviews by NBC News for an article about whether Trump Jr. broke any laws when he met with the Russian lawyer. "The argument that's being made [by some lawyers] is that providing dirt on Hillary Clinton is a thing of value," he said. "It is a thing of value, but I don't think it's the kind of thing that a campaign finance statute is aimed at regulating."

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