Hi, @RepMarkMeadows

The Democrats have lots of first hand witnesses.

You can add Lev Parnas and John Bolton to the list if you want more.

I put together a list of crimes committed during the Ukraine caper.

I can't promise a comprehensive list. Who has that much time?

1/ twitter.com/RepMarkMeadows…
@RepMarkMeadows #1: Witness intimidation.

This one was included in the Impeachment Report to Accompany H. Res. 775 docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/…
@RepMarkMeadows #2: Bribery: The report reminds us that it isn’t necessary for behavior to meet the elements of a statutory crime) and then explains that Trump’s behavior meets the elements of Criminal Bribery, 18 U.S.C. § 201.
law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18…

See: twitter.com/RDEliason/stat…
@RepMarkMeadows #3: Impound Control Act

Not a criminal violation, but are you OK with the President breaking laws?

The Government Accountability Office determined that the Trump Administration violated the Impound Control Act by withholding military aid to Ukraine.
gao.gov/assets/710/703…
@RepMarkMeadows #4: Criminal Conspiracy (General)

This simply requires two or more people to commit an illegal act and take a step toward its completion.

Criminal conspiracies abound in the Ukraine caper.
For example, see: twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/…
@RepMarkMeadows #5: Conspiring to Violate Straw and Foreign Donor Bans (Parnas, Fruman, and probably Giuliani as well, overlapped with Operation Ukraine Shakedown.

justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/l…

The federal statute is here: uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?pat…
@RepMarkMeadows #6: Obstruction of Justice

18 U.S.C. § 1503: An act that corruptly . . . influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice.

law.cornell.edu/wex/obstructio…
@RepMarkMeadows #7: Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18…

Includes obstruction congressional investigations.

Come on, @RepMarkMeadows, surely you saw THAT one.
@RepMarkMeadows #8: Contempt of Congress

Michael Stern writing for @just_security did a thorough job explaining this one:
justsecurity.org/67738/federal-…
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security #9: Criminal Threats leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_di…

Shall we begin with Trump threatening the Whistleblower?
businessinsider.com/trump-suggests…
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security #10: Illegal Surveillance

The illegal surveillance described by Lev Parnas is now the subject of an investigation in Ukraine . . .
nytimes.com/2020/01/16/wor…
. . . because Zelensky, an actual anti-corruption president, knows what to investigate and what not to investigate.
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security #11: The Hatch Act

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees to use their titles to promote partisan politics.

Gary Stein, writing for @just_security, did a thorough job with that one.

justsecurity.org/67738/federal-…
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security #12: Misprison of Felony: Knowing someone committed a felony, and concealing that fact.

law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18…
Anyone in the Trump administration helping Trump avoid accountability for, say, intimidating witnesses?

(Correct answer: Yes, of course)
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security #13: Extortion
law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18…

Like bribery with force or intimidation.

Here's an illustration:

Mother to 5 year old: I will give you $5 if you clean your room (like bribery)
Mother to 5 year old: I will feed you this week if you clean your room (like extortion).
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security #14: Fraud / “black propaganda”

@AshaRangappa_ is the expert on this.

In asking for the announcement, Trump sought to hide the origins of the request. He wanted it to appear that Ukraine, on its own, investigated Biden.

He was trying to defraud us!
twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/…
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security @AshaRangappa_ #15: Honest Services Fraud

Barbara McQuade, writing for @just_security, did an in-depth job with this one:

justsecurity.org/67738/federal-…
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security @AshaRangappa_ #16: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

More thorough analysis from @TheViewFromLL2, writing for
@just_security

justsecurity.org/67738/federal-…
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security @AshaRangappa_ @TheViewFromLL2 #17: I'll stop.

I won't summarize the expert witnesses who explained that impeachable offenses are abuses of power and not specific violations of the code. (There WAS NO federal criminal code in 1789)

Sometimes I think people who ask "where's the crime" are being disingenuous.
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security @AshaRangappa_ @TheViewFromLL2 Here is this thread as a blog post. terikanefield-blog.com/ukraine-caper-…

I see people using this thread to settle arguments. 🤣
Someone showed it to Dershowitz !
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security @AshaRangappa_ @TheViewFromLL2 Adding another crime, with a hat tip for this one to @JoyceWhiteVance

18 U.S. Code § 115: Influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a Federal official.

Disclaimer: This list is still not complete.

law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18…
@RepMarkMeadows @just_security @AshaRangappa_ @TheViewFromLL2 @JoyceWhiteVance Adding: twitter.com/ifindkarma/sta…

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