Here’s the exact law legal experts think Trump broke when he ordered DOJ to declare election ‘corrupt’

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A Friday afternoon New York Times bombshell report stating that former president Donald Trump demanded Justice Department officials simply claim the 2020 presidential election was ‘corrupt” and then ‘leave the rest to him” has critics of Trump calling for his arrest.

Raw Story: Bombshell revelations emerged on Friday that former President Donald Trump told the top officials at the United States Department of Justice to declare the results of the 2020 election “corrupt” in a desperate bid to cling to power.

Many legal experts, including conservative attorney George Conway, think that this is a clear violation of 18 U.S.C. § 610, which details actions that constitute illegal coercion of political activity.

18 U.S. Code § 610 – Coercion of political activity
U.S. Code

It shall be unlawful for any person to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, any employee of the Federal Government as defined in section 7322(1) of title 5, United States Code, to engage in, or not to engage in, any political activity, including, but not limited to, voting or refusing to vote for any candidate or measure in any election, making or refusing to make any political contribution, or working or refusing to work on behalf of any candidate. Any person who violates this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

(Added Pub. L. 103–94, § 4(c)(1), Oct. 6, 1993, 107 Stat. 1005; amended Pub. L. 104–294, title VI, § 601(a)(1), Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3497.)

Specifically, the law states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, command, or coerce, any employee of the Federal Government… to engage in, or not to engage in, any political activity, including, but not limited to, voting or refusing to vote for any candidate or measure in any election, making or refusing to make any political contribution, or working or refusing to work on behalf of any candidate.”

Conway on Twitter argues that this technically would have made it a crime for Trump “merely to have ordered the acting attorney general to march down Pennsylvania Avenue with a ‘Trump 2020’ flag,” and he believes this is much more serious.

The law also states that anyone found guilty of this offense “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

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The report from the Times’ Katie Benner is based upon contemporaneous notes from Richard P. Donoghue taken during a phone call on Dec. 27 as Trump pushed acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen to intercede on his behalf in a futile effort to stay in power.

Quoting Trump, Donoghue reportedly wrote, “Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me.”

Reacting to the report, commenters on Twitter — including some Constitutional law experts — called the president’s comments a smoking gun that should lead to his prosecution. You can see some of their comments below:

https://twitter.com/sfpelosi/status/1421139635896422400?s=20

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Would someone with some cojones in our government kindly step up and indict this soulless mf so he can be arrested and put in prison? This process needs to start NOW!
    I’m past tired of Federal and State lawyers fooling around with different lawsuits on this cretin in order to make them perfect and “airtight” whilst he remains free continuing to be a “fly in the ointment” of our society and constant media story. He was last year’s news; we have another president and the focus should be on him and what he’s doing not this POS.

    Let’s get Drumpf tried and a verdict stamped on his ample butt and sent off to some dark prison where he can finally be silenced.

  2. This was never about disputing the legitimacy of the election. That was just a prevarication as a means to overthrow the government. Trump’s “I’ll do the rest,…” is absolute proof.

  3. It’s become quite clear with each disclosure that Trump, as sitting president, and his co-conspirators actively attempted a coup of the U.S. government. The U.S. Department of Justice, simply in its capacity as serving at pleasure of the Chief Executive, must recuse itself from any subsequent criminal proceedings against Trump. Instead, the U.S. military, where all in the chain of command are equally subject to the UCMJ, should assume jurisdiction. Trump should be arrested, and subjected to military tribunal, with the charge of high treason as Commander-in-Chief, against the people of the United States, in that he did knowingly, and with intent, attempt to illegally seize power in a coup against the Nation, and in contravention to his oath of office.