[Eugene Volokh] Can it be a crime to do opposition research by asking foreigners for information?
[Eugene Volokh] Can it be a crime to do opposition research by asking foreigners for information?
It’s not clear to me that gathering oppo from foreign sources is illegal at all, as per Eugene Volokh, unless there is coordination regarding an underlying crime, like hacking. (2/)
2. Trump's team seeking information from the Ukrainian government on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden isn't illegal. Hillary Clinton did the same about Trump in 2016. It may be ugly; it doesn't violate the law. See, e.g., the analysis here
"[Eugene Volokh] Can it be a crime to do opposition research by asking foreigners for information?"
Good question, and might be a good answer, too.