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Has Donald Trump Jr. break US law?

Did Donald Trump’s eldest son break US law in meeting a
Russian lawyer he hoped would dish compromising dirt on the woman
standing between his father and the White House?
Could the 39-year-old real estate scion be charged with treason?
This
is what legal experts say about what is known so far of the June 2016
meeting in New York between Don Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya.
What law might he have broken?
The most incriminating revelation, experts say, are the
emails that Trump Jr. dumped on his Twitter account: namely that he
would “love” to hear what the Russian had to say about Hillary Clinton.
“If it’s what you say I love it,” he wrote back within minutes of being
told the lawyer had information that would “incriminate” Clinton as
“part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Brandon
Garrett, law professor at the University of Virginia, says since
Watergate, federal law has forbidden any direct or indirect foreign
contribution or promise of such to a US election. The statute outlaws
any donation “or other thing of value,” which Garrett said could
potentially include information.
Another worry for
Trump Jr. is that conspiracy law is sweeping. “One does not have to have
committed a crime, the attempt is enough,” said Garrett. “They could
still be found guilty of conspiring,” he warned. In other words, the
sole fact of going into a meeting to fish for information could be
enough to establish intent.
But Daniel Tokaji, an
electoral law expert at Ohio State University, sees “very serious free
speech” concerns and “troubling implications” in interpreting
information as a “contribution.” He warned it “could prohibit a campaign
from gathering information about a rival campaign.”
Susan
Klein, law professor at the University of Texas and a Democrat, doesn’t
believe Trump Jr could be prosecuted just for talking either – “except
perhaps if they paid for it or exchanged it for something.” There has
been no suggestion, at least so far, that happened.
Who decides if there’s a case? 
Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump. /AFP Photo 
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) logically pursues election law violations, says Tokaji.
But split three-three between Democrats and Republicans, “It’s very unlikely that they would take action,” he added.
In
theory the US attorney’s office in Manhattan, where the meeting took
place, could also open a case. More likely is that former FBI director
Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor charged with investigating
possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, will determine if
there’s a case, says Tokaji.
Whether the electoral law has been broken or not, he believes it is still worth investigating.
“It
is quite troubling… that someone possibly acting at the behest of a
foreign power is colluding with people at the very top (of a
presidential campaign),” Tokaji said. 
Did he commit treason? 
Donald Trump Jr. /AFP Photo 
Democratic Party lawmakers deployed the T word on Tuesday, but the experts who spoke to AFP doubted that would stick.
“Simply
having a contact with a foreign country, even a foreign adversary – we
are not at war – does not make it espionage or treason,” says Joshua
Dressler, law professor at Ohio State University.
“To
bring it within treason, you’d have to (show that) they intended to
harm their own country… That’s an extreme argument to make,” he said.
“It would probably have to be something less extreme.” 
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