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Randall D. Eliason teaches white-collar criminal law at George Washington University Law School. He blogs at Sidebarsblog.com.
If Mueller does have evidence of U.S. involvement in any of the Russian wrongdoing, that would be the logical next shoe to drop.
Let’s hear what he actually had to say.
The “fruit of the poisonous tree” argument is both factually and legally frivolous.
Even if he explicitly sold access to meetings with the White House, it likely would be legal.
A few key takeaways.
Prosecutors are used to not interviewing those at the center of investigations.
No legal privilege is absolute.
This could induce him to cooperate in the Russia investigation, which means trouble for Trump.
It could be more important than whether Trump is a target of Mueller’s inquiry.
There is plenty of bad, immoral or unethical behavior that is not criminal.