This morning the President of the United States, following in the path of his attorney Rudy Giuliani, posted a tweet in which he claimed that “Collusion is not a crime.” The full tweet can be read below:
“Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!”
The Justice Department does not define any criminal statutes as “collusion,” meaning that contextually Trump may be correct. However, former FBI Chief of Staff Chuck Rosenberg pointed out yesterday on MSNBC, that collusion is “ absolutely a crime.”
While, the word ‘collusion’ may not be found in any specific criminal statute, multiple statutes can describe the acts that involve colluding with hostile foreign actors in an effort to harm the nation, individuals, or groups of individuals.
“Collusion is a crime. We just happen to call it something else, we call it conspiracy, but it is absolutely a crime. You probably won’t find the crime bank heist in the criminal code but bank robbery is a crime too and so I am sort of perplexed that it has come down to synonyms,” Rosenberg said.
What Rosenberg is pointing out is the fact that even though ‘collusion’ isn’t the word that official criminal statutes use to define a number of potential crimes, the acts that create collusion, in this circumstance, would very well be a crime — defined as a conspiracy.
There are numerous possible criminal statutes involving conspiracy, including ‘Conspiracy to defraud the United States‘ and ‘Conspiracy to commit Fraud and related activity in connection with computers’ that could certainly fall into the realm of collusion in the President’s case.
No one will know for sure whether this investigation will ultimately find that the President’s possible collusion will be charged as a crime, but to say that ‘collusion’ is not a crime, is like saying that “killing someone’ isn’t a crime since the criminal statute defines such actions as ‘murder’.
The video in which Rosenberg makes these comments can be watched below.