Webb: President Trump is right

Webb: President Trump is right
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There is nothing illegal about talking to a foreigner.

Apparently, many don’t take the time to read Federal Election Commission regulations or at least do a little research. Journalists are not usually lawyers, but there is some overlap in the skill sets.

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Many who jumped into the commentary fervor are often looking for a linear path to their preferred outcome. Some are just lazy and repeat what they’ve heard. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE was correct, but to be fair, his wording could have been better. ABC News’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes gamble on North Korea 2020 Democratic candidates pan Trump's North Korea visit Ex-Bush CIA chief Hayden denounces Trump comments on Russian election interference MORE, for his part, was unfair and baiting. He was being a wise guy looking for and getting a momentary gotcha moment, not an unbiased journalist. This is why you, the public, must take the time to watch all of any interview for context. If it’s deceptively edited, you will have to wait for the truth to come out. 

A conversation with a foreigner about a candidate is “not” a contribution, so there would be no need to report a crime to the FBI.

A commissioned opposition research report, that cost $50,000 to research and compile, printed and bound, handed to a campaign by a foreigner — that would be an illegal in-kind contribution worth the $50,000 it cost to produce. Sound familiar? 

But Stephanopoulos was asking the president about “information” communicated verbally, like the many daily conversations we all have, and sometimes with foreigners.  

There’s a very good chance that the Washington, D.C., inner circle comprised of House and Senate members on both sides of the aisle, influencers and their global support system did not like the blunt truth. For example, what do you think happens on Congressional Delegations trips, aka codels? They do love their acronyms inside the Beltway. It’s the language of the legislative and bureaucracy. 

This is a key legal point. Those conversations, even if helpful and informative, have no measurable or quantifiable “value,” and the law says a “contribution” is a “thing of value.”  

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Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE ultimately determined he could not place a “value” on a conversation in Trump Tower.

Many in the press keep focusing on the Mueller statement that Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit Trump associate Felix Sater grilled by House Intel MORE escaped prosecution because it would be difficult to prove he knew his meeting was illegal. They suggest the meeting was in fact illegal, he just didn’t know it, as if he got off on a technicality. This not an accurate summary of Mueller’s report.

Mueller detailed several reasons why the meeting fell into a gray area and might not have been a crime at all. Any monetary “value” could not be calculated, which is key to defining a “contribution.”

After devoting enormous time and resources examining the Trump Tower meetings and all the substantive problems with discerning a violation of law, Mueller then observed how difficult it would be to prove that Donald Trump Jr. would have known the meeting violated the law. 

The report is available and you should take the time to read it. Democrats and the anti-Trump crowd are hoping you do not invest the time. Invest your time, because the return on your investment is peace of mind and clarity. 

Many in the press are now deliberately or through willful ignorance distorting Mueller’s conclusion. To borrow and twist a famous modern legal adage — if the facts do not fit, use a narrative to publicly convict. 

Webb is host of “The David Webb Show” on SiriusXM Patriot 125, host of “Reality Check with David Webb” on Fox Nation, a Fox News contributor and a frequent television commentator. His column appears twice a month in The Hill.