Trump debuts new, incoherent talking point about collusion with Russia

"Collusion is not a crime" -- unless you're Hillary Clinton.


After many months of unequivocally insisting there was “NO COLLUSION” between his campaign and Russia, President Trump hinted at a retreat on Tuesday — tweeting that “Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!”

Beyond the obvious absurdity of accusing Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russia to defeat herself — after her campaign was the target of Kremlin-orchestrated cyberattacks that were publicly encouraged by Trump and used for pro-Trump propaganda operations — Trump’s “collusion is not a crime” talking point contradicts his previous stance on the matter.


Just over two months ago, Trump wondered why special counsel Robert Mueller wasn’t investigating his 2016 opponent for potential collusion. Apparently, collusion isn’t a crime unless you’re Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s new talking point attempting to downplay the severity of collusion isn’t limited to the president himself.

Earlier on Tuesday, during an appearance on Fox & Friends, one of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow lied about the origins of the Russia investigation and insisted that “collusion is not a crime.”

On Monday, another of Trump’s lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, dramatically moved the goalposts about Russia collusion during a string of cable news interviews.


“I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime,” Giuliani said on Monday’s Fox & Friends. “Collusion is not a crime.”

While “collusion” may not be crime, “Conspiracy to defraud the United States” and “Contributions and donations by foreign nationals” are.

Last week, Trump’s longtime lawyer and personal fixer, Michael Cohen, indicated he’s willing to testify that Trump knew in advance about a June 2016 meeting between his top campaign officials and Kremlin-connected Russians who promised political dirt on Hillary Clinton. While Trump has denied having such knowledge, he made remarks just two days before the meeting happened — teasing an upcoming speech detailing dirt he had about Hillary Clinton — that suggest he hasn’t been telling the truth.

Last month, Trump tweeted that he believes he has “the absolute right to PARDON myself.”