Collusion a Crime – Judge in Mueller Case Upholds Legal Theory

Is collusion a crime? Since the beginning of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, allegations of “collusion” have dominated the debate. President Trump regularly claims there was “no collusion” with the Russians seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election. His attorneys and other supporters also have repeatedly argued that even if collusion took place, that would not be criminal. But last week, in a case brought by Mueller, a federal judge upheld the legal theory under which “collusion” may indeed be a crime.

I’m not sure how the term “collusion” became so central to discussions of the Mueller investigation. It really should be banned altogether. (I know, I know — this from the guy who just wrote a blog post with “collusion” in the title, right? But hey, I can’t unilaterally disarm.) All it does is breed confusion and lead to diversionary arguments about whether collusion is criminal.

It’s true there is no criminal statute titled “collusion.” But as I’ve noted in several places (here and here, for example) the relevant crime is conspiracy under 18 U.S.C. 371. Collusion refers to an agreement with others to achieve some improper end. In criminal law, we call that a conspiracy – a partnership in crime. And the breadth of the federal conspiracy statute makes it particularly well-suited for cases like Mueller’s probe of Russian interference with the election.

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  • We don’t waste time arguing this shit anymore. We just play the soundtrack to the Trump Show.

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  • Follow the money

    According to the Washington Post Lobbyists representing Saudi Arabia paid for 500 rooms for veterans to stay at Trump’s hotel within a month of his election in 2016. The average rate of those rooms were $768.00 per night and the veterans were supposed to lobby against a bill that the Saudi’s opposed.That partially explains why he is so non-committal on the Saudi’s involvement in Khashoggi’s murder, only a fool bites the hand that feeds them.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/saudi-funded-lobbyist-paid-for-500-rooms-at-trumps-hotel-after-2016-election/2018/12/05/29603a64-f417-11e8-bc79-68604ed88993_story.html?utm_term=.d9e6f0f1ee88

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  • That deserves a Columbo!

    Just one more thing.

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  • More revelations coming tomorrow from Mueller?

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  • Tweetie Bird is tweeting a foul/fowl mouthful!

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  • For those who don’t believe in the devil! What could be controlling these people?????

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  • A taste of power is like poison.

    Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour and he said to him, “All these I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.”

    King Liar!

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  • Donna

    And everytime the Devil tried to tempt Jesus … Jesus took him back to the Scripture … FOR IT IS WRITTEN … Jesus knew his Scripture in much the same light as King David who said: I hid Thy word in my heart so I won’t sin again Thee…

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  • But when the cold November rain hits them in January……..

    Maybe they’ll wake up.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    And back on this side if politics…

    I liked this remark as it can be substituted so nicely to local politics… it said:

    “As has oft been repeated, this is the largest Democratic House gain since 1974. It’s a larger gain than Democrats had in the wave elections of both 1982 and 2006.” In short its a tsunami … not just a blue wave washing in!

    And in Bim we can say …’this is the largest BLP House wave since 1994 when they won 19 seats and then 1999 winning 26 seats before this tsunami!

    The DLP got grave worries and the POTUS in deep doo doo !

    Hopefully the BLPs nor the Dems don’t pluck up the business of governance with their overwhelming House power.

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  • RE The POTUS in deep doo doo

    this is very true!
    VERY, VERY TRUE

    CAN YOU IMAGINE HAVING TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE MORONS =SHIT IN THE US CONGRESS AS KNOWN AS THE SWAMP?

    CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT A MAN WHO HAS ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH IN LIFE HAVING TO WORK WITH THE INEPT SCUM IN CONGRESS THAT FORM THE RESISTANCE AND WHO SEEK TO OBSTRUCT EVERY GOOD IDEA YOU HAVE?

    THAT IS INDEED PLAYING UP WITH deep doo doo
    ONLY THING WORSE THAN THAT IS WHEN A MAN ASK YOU TO GET BEHIND HIM

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Mr Blogmaster some action over here too pls…😁

    The man’s chief of staff is reported not on ‘speaking terms’ with him…this being POTUS mind you…how de badword does that work in this turbulent, busy world…how can the teo of them NOT be speaking yo each other…definitely one of these times when the media has to be wildly exaggerating, yah think 🤣… but POTUS just announced Gen Kelly gone through de eddoes.

    So considering that PETA just went PC nuclear, saying for ex that we shouldn’t say “to kill two birds with one stone”, clearly new NON PC terms are needed in our standard usage…

    Don’t burn your bridges…cud be “We don’t need generals or order, burn the MF down, burn MF, burn”! 🤣

    This is now his third general in these two years…well six overall really if you include the other real time milirary generals who left from the Security Council and the ATTORNEY General!

    Talk about doo doo!

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  • It says a lot when the chief of staff of the White House is not on speaking terms with his boss doesn’t it. No needs to discuss further. What is interesting is that the country is split party line, forget country. Interesting one of the comments from the Bush funeral was that he always reminded those around him he fought for America, not for a political party.

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  • re one of the comments from the Bush funeral was that he always reminded those around him he fought for America, not for a political party.

    SO WHAT IS TRUMP DOING IF NOT FIGHTING FOR AMERICA EVEN AGAINST THOSE IN DE WHITE HOUSE WHO SEEK TO OPPOSE HIM?

    DO AS POTUS SAYS OR HE FIRES YOU DUMMY

    POTUS HAS THE CONTROL NOT GENERAL KELLY OR GENERAL DUMMY

    POTUS WAS ELECTED NOT GENERAL KELLY OR GENERAL DUMMY ah lie?

    some things are so simple

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  • Stush Bush used war and jingoism to unite the nationalist country and was the crook who got USA’s first foothold in Middle East which they have never left.

    April Glaspie assured Saddam that US would never get involved in Arab-Arab dispute when Kuwait was stealing oil from the Rumaila oilfields in Iraq, while telling Kuwait on sly that US would give them full protection if trouble starts.

    US used smart bombs to destroy Iraq’s infrastructure and war was only stopped when they went into overkill killings tens of thousands on a single night on the road to Basra.

    As Head of CIA Bush was involved in Iran Contra and Guns for Drugs operations which resulted in crack epidemic of black ghettos in South Central where “Freeway” Rick Ross sold $1,000,000 cocaine everyday which US let in to fund Nicaraguan Contra Rebels

    Ignore divisive hate from Trump Bannon and GP

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