Things of Value

thing of value

Politico, Trump says China should investigate the Bidens amid impeachment furor: The president openly called on China’s Xi to probe a political rival despite scandal over his Ukraine call.

Title 52 of the United States Code, Section 30121, provides,

It shall be unlawful for

(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make

(A) a contributionor donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election;

(B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or

(C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 30104(f)(3) of this title); or

(2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contributionor donation described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national. [emphasis added]

Recently, the Justice Department has concluded that digging up dirt on a political opponent is not a “thing of value” within the meaning of the statute—on the ground that the value of the oppo research cannot be precisely quantified.

Trump is now doing publicly what the whistleblower said he did. Like Walt Disney’s Davy Crocket at the Alamo, he is drawing a line in the sand.

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