Former defense attorney turned MSNanalystist, Danny Cevallos, went through the list of charges that Donald Jr. faces if he’s caught lying about the meeting with Russian officials in Trump Tower.
Should it turn out that Don Jr. was lying to investigators to protect himself and his father, he’ll be facing several federal charges.
Danny Cevallos explains:
“If Don Jr. lied to Congress, there are about six different obstruction statutes that apply to congressional activities,” Cevallos explained.”The most obvious would be 1505, but as long as he intended to mislead or omit factual information, he can be charged with a crime, and this is very important, whether or not he was under oath.”
“If he’s under oath, it’s perjury. If he’s not under oath, it still might be section 1001,” he continued. “If there was a statute of the year in the federal criminal code, it would be section 1001, ‘false statements to authorities,’ including Congress, but not necessarily Congress. We’ve already seen others indicted, pleading guilty to the exact same crime.”
“A number of high-profile people in the past have been charged with this crime. It is a very easy crime to make out and does not require an oath,” Cevallos elaborated. “It essentially requires just a knowing intentional misleading or lying to an agent or Congress or obstructing some proceeding.”
Watch the clip below: