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Dem Senator Calls For The Imprisonment Of Donald Trump Jr

Following Donald Trump Jr.’s private testimony in front of the Senate, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons sent out an email that said the federal statute forbids lying to Congress, whether it’s under oath or not.

The subject line of Coons’ email said, “Donald Trump Jr. testimony today.”

It began, “Below is a statute to bear in mind in regards to Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony today.”

The statute of United States Code regarding false statements to Congress states that anyone who “(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry” will be “fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.”

Trump Jr. said during his testimony, “To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out. Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration.”

Coons closed the email by saying, “It is important to remember that anyone who testifies in front of a Senate committee is under the restrictions of the False Statements statute that says material false statements to Congress are criminal and punishable with fines or prison or both.”

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