Is Trump Afraid of Conviction under the Logan Act?

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.

Do you think it is possible that Donald Trump fears being convicted under the Logan Act? After your comment please leave your name, city, state or province and country. Personal attacks against other commentators are not allowed, shall not be tolerated, and shall lead to all such offending comments being summarily to lead it.

1 Comment

  1. It’s entirely possible, perhaps at an earlier point rather than now. Surely, by now he realizes that no one in recent memory has been convicted for violating that law. But, of course, he may fear that should the Democrats come to power in the U.S. Congress his names could be numbered.

    Al Bloomfield
    Belleview, FL USA

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