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NEW: The Justice Department Has Argued Sex, Information, And Worthless Stock Were “Things Of Value.” But They Say Trump’s Request For Dirt Wasn’t.
There have been numerous federal criminal cases in the past where the govt has argued, successfully, for a broad interpretation of what counts as a "thing of value." It's a term that shows up in lots of federal criminal laws, incl. campaign finance laws buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
The "what counts as a thing of value" debate is largely untested in court in the context of campaign finance law, but the chair of the FEC has publicly criticized the Justice Department's position on this re: Trump's Ukraine call buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
It's also worth noting that Mueller tackled this issue head-on in his final report, re: the Trump Tower meeting in 2016. Mueller wrote that political oppo research would likely qualify as a "thing of value" under the federal foreign contribution ban buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
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