You know the term “minority report,” but not for the right reasons — that’s about to change.
When it comes to an investigation in a Congressional committee, the two parties hold either the majority or the minority, and because the objectives of any given investigation tend to be very different for each party — lately, anyway, since partisanship exploded under the presidency of a certain guy who was not the right color for many members of Congress — there are always two reports that follow the conclusion of an investigation: The Majority Report and the Minority Report.
It gets a little tricky for this story, because the minority report in this case is from an investigation that took place when Republicans had the majority, and so this reflects the findings of the Democrats, since it’s from last year, before the midterm election changed everything in the House.
The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in their investigation into the Trump campaign’s activities involving Russia, hacked emails, stolen documents, and any kind of malfeasance, was abruptly concluded last year when Republican leaders on that panel decided they’d heard enough — without calling back witnesses who were later discovered to have lied under oath, and without issuing subpoenas for those witnesses that the Democrats wanted to call to testify.
But they did garner some information, and the minority report, out today, reflects a key piece of intel that essentially proves Donald Trump Junior not only perjured himself before the committee, as was already known, but that he is also guilty of at least a misdemeanor and possibly a felony.
On September 26, 2016 — before the election, but well after the FBI investigation was underway into possible contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia or its affiliates (like WikiLeaks), Junior emailed Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and his brother-in-law Jared — all officials in the campaign — and said the following:
Guys I got a weird Twitter DM from [W]ikileaks. See below. I tried the password and it works and the about section they reference contains the next pic in terms of who is behind it. Not sure if this is anything but it seems like it’s really wikileaks asking me as I follow them and it is a DM. Do you know the people mentioned and what the conspiracy they are looking for could be? These are just screen shots but it’s a bully [sic] built out page claiming to be a PAC let me know your thoughts and if we want to look into it.”
The crime here is not what is said, but the admission being made: That he accessed a website using stolen or hacked information. That’s a federal crime.
(C) information from any protected computer;”
Okay, so that looks bad. But it could get worse. That describes a misdemeanor. But if certain conditions were proven to have also occurred, say:
i) the offense was committed for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain;
(ii) the offense was committed in furtherance of any criminal or tortious act in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States or of any State; or
(iii) the value of the information obtained exceeds $5,000.”
…that would be a felony.
Wanna take a wild guess who House Democrats are going to subpoena next?
Featured image is a screen capture.