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How the Latest Trump Tower Tweet Damages the President’s Legal Defense

In a previous post, I discussed how a competent lawyer would have responded to a campaign’s proposal that it accept a foreign government’s offer to help with the campaign. The lawyer, I wrote, would have quickly spotted a whole host of issues under federal campaign finance laws and would certainly have advised against any such engagement.

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What Is Election ‘Meddling’ and When Did Everyone Start Using That Term?

Former acting solicitor general Walter Dellinger tweeted a question last week:

Who decided that the right word for the Russian military/intelligence attack on our democratic election was "meddling"? This trivializing term is defined as to "busy oneself unduly with something that is not one's concern" The attack was that, of course, but so much more.

The Russia Connection

Where the Heck Did the Term 'Collusion' Come From?

On the June 21 episode of Preet Bharara’s podcast, “Stay Tuned with Preet,” a listener called in to ask about the legal meaning of the word “collusion.” Bharara and his two guests were quick to set the record straight; the term collusion, despite it frequent use, has no actual legal definition outside of antitrust law.

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Document: DNC Sues Russia, Trump Campaign and WikiLeaks for Election Interference

On Friday, the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and associated persons, and WikiLeaks, alleging an illegal conspiracy to influence the outcome of the election.

Campaign 2016

Legitimacy and the Rule of Law Under Donald Trump

Many writers on this site have highlighted why they are concerned about President-Elect Donald Trump’s becoming the Commander in Chief of our armed forces. I share almost all these concerns. But in this post, I will try to explain the concern I consider most significant: Trump’s campaign statements consistently indicate a complete failure to appreciate the importance of legitimacy in U.S. operations.

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