Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law School professor who worked under former President Obama, tweeted that if the White House told Brzezinski and Scarborough that the tabloid would “smear them unless they laid off” Trump, it would be a violation of the anti-extortion statute.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) June 30, 2017
The statute Tribe is talking about emerges from 18 US Code 872, which states:
“Whoever, being an officer, or employee of the United States or any department or agency thereof, or representing himself to be or assuming to act as such, under color or pretense of office or employment commits or attempts an act of extortion, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned.”
Information obtained by Business Insider explains that the statute could also be read to cover any possible “act of extortion,” and the National Enquirer incident, if true, could fall under that umbrella.
If the allegations are indeed true, Trump may be committing another treasonous act, on top of his 20 (or more) crimes. He better hire a good lawyer for this one–at this point, he needs all the help he can get. Stay tuned…
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