Is Collusion a Crime? It’s a Question of Synonyms

Chuck Rosenberg, FBI chief of staff under former director James Comey, said collusion is “ absolutely a crime,” a day after President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said it was not, reports The Hill. “Collusion is a crime,” said Rosenberg, who formerly headed the Drug Enforcement Administration. “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.

“If these folks don’t know that collusion and conspiracy are synonyms for one another and this is a legal strategy then they might want to consider changing horses in this race,” Rosenberg added. In several interviews on Monday, Giuliani asserted that collusion is not a crime. “I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime,” Giuliani said on “Fox & Friends.” “Collusion is not a crime.” Trump himself on Tuesday tweeted that collusion was not a crime, adding that it didn’t matter anyway because there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, which intelligence agencies have concluded meddled in the 2016 election. “Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!” Trump wrote on Twitter.