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I think that we can all agree that if there is one thing the American people will never

get tired of, it is relentless news items about Presidential Candidates emails.
So in that spirit, here is this:
Of course there is Sec. Clinton, who may finally be interviewed by the FBI in the
coming days for the first time regarding the months long investigation into the
50,000 emails that she turned over. This interview is something that Ol Hill, after
becoming the presumptive nominee, said she would be glad to do.
But hopefully that wont be the end of sweet, sweet email news since dozens of
politicians from countries including Iceland, Austrailia, and the UK reported recently
that they have been getting repeated emails from the Donald Trump campaign,
asking for donations. In fact, Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale in the UK took to the
floor and complained that many MPs have been bombarded with emails from Team
Trump. He went on to request that Mr. Trumps emails be blocked from the House
of Commons email server.(
Scottish Independent MP Natalie McGarry was also asked to support Mr. Trump
financially. She posted the email and her response on Twitter, which you can see
below. (
It isnt weird that a Presidential candidate would go on a fundraising Blitzkrieg at
this point in the campaign year, especially considering Mr. Trumps campaign
started the month of June with just $1.29 million cash on hand compared with
Clinton's $42 million.
But the problem is that soliciting money from foreign nationals for a presidential
campaign is illegal. In a page summarizing the law, the Federal Elections
Commission states that it prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating
or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the
United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign
nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations
from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be
subject to fines and/or imprisonment.
I have no idea if these emails were sent intentionally or even by the real Mr. Trump.
(The emails do address the foreign politicians by their first names, and were sent
despite the fact that their email addresses contain .uk .au or .is, which indicate that
they are registered to persons in countries outside the US.) And no one else knows
for sure since Mr. Trump has not responded to requests for comment from any news
source. However, considering the FBI just spent over 9 months reading Sec.
Clintons emails in order to see if any crime was committed, it would seem
somewhat hypocritical to not investigate Mr. Trumps emails when they already
appear to violate a very specific law.

Another apparent hypocrisy in Mr. Trumps emails, I think, is summed up nicely in

this snippet of Natalie McGarrys response to an email sent and signed by Mr.
Trumps son:
Given [your fathers] rhetoric on migrants, refugees and immigration, it seems
quite extraordinary that he would be asking foreign nationals for money; especially
people who view his dangerous divisiveness with horror.
If an investigation shows that this was all a huge oversight by the Trump campaign,
or a hackers poorly thought out attempt to steal money from foreign politicians, I
would be the first to celebrate that the Republican nominee is not actively trying to
break election laws. That would look bad for the US and bad for the political right,
which is a vital part of our government. But the American people, whose votes Mr.
Trump is asking for, deserve to know why these emails were sent.
For more information on this, check out the formal complaint co-filed to the FEC by
Democracy 21 and The Campaign Legal Center: