by Al Bloomfield
Wednesday April 4, 2018
WASHINGTON, USA – On Wednesday’s episode of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’, namesake host Chris Matthews stated that if Donald Trump had – prior to his presidential election – been involved with Russian officials, Mr. Trump may have been told (during the Transition) about the Logan Act and may fear being convicted under that 18th century federal law. The Logan Act forbids US citizens from negotiating with foreign governments that are in dispute with the United States. Although many people have been threatened with the Logan Act, it is not a regularly enforced law.
The Logan Act was enacted by the U.S. Congress, and signed into law by President John Adams on January 30, 1799, in response to the behavior of US Senator George Logan from Pennsylvania who engaged in unauthorized negotiations with France in 1798 in an attempt to end the Franco-American Quasi War of 1798.
Sources of information for this report included MSNBC and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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