What are the laws and DOJ/FBI policies that applied to the Russia collusion investigation?

The following is a simplified* version of the introduction to Part III of the Durham Report, “Applicable Laws and Department and FBI Policies – Introduction.”

The Principles of Federal Prosecution are the guidelines that the federal government uses to decide whether to prosecute someone. The laws and policies that we considered in the course of our investigation include the FBI’s guidelines for counterintelligence matters, the legal standards for conducting electronic surveillance under FISA, and the following statutes:

  • 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2) (false statements)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1621(2) (perjury)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1519 (falsification of records)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 242 (violation of civil rights)
  • 18 U.S.C. §§ 241, 371 (conspiracy)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 1031(a) (fraud against the United States)
  • 52 U.S.C. §§ 30116, 30121(a) (campaign contributions)
  • 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956-57 (money-laundering)
  • 18 U.S.C. § 793(d) (transmission of classified information)

We used these laws and policies to evaluate possible criminal conduct for prosecution.

Simplified by artificial intelligence and edited and organized by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own.