Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill opined on MSNBC that law enforcement should investigate Donald Trump for asking Russia to find and release Hillary Clinton‘s emails, saying it was a violation of the Logan Act.
“Well, it’s very clear to me that Donald Trump is unfit and, frankly, I think he’s dangerous,” she told Andrea Mitchell. “I believe that there’s a chance he violated the law with what he said, inviting a cyber attack of Russia, a dictator who has violated all of our principles of liberty and freedom in Russia.”
“The notion he would invite a foreign nation to conduct an attack against our country, it’s just beyond the pale. And I believe it violates the Logan Act and he should be investigated for that. I don’t think it was a joke at all,” she concluded.
The Logan Act was passed by Congress in 1799 and bans private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments without the express authority of the United States. In its 200-year history, no one has ever been successfully prosecuted for a Logan Act violation and the only indictment (in 1803) was quickly dropped.