Collusion, of course, is not a LEGAL term, which is why Robert Mueller explicitly addressed that word so commonly thrown around by a president who does not understand its lack of legal meaning, by saying he would not deal with such a NON-legal word.
Mueller did identify 140 instances of collaborative, cooperative interaction between the Russians (who did commit the underlying crime of conspiracy to illegally influence a presidential election) and the Trump campaign. Addressing the legal term of CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, Mueller determined that he could not prove that the collaborative interactions rose to the level of CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, but that the question could not be pursued in any case because of a Nixon-era Dept. of “Justice” internal memo prohibiting indictment of a sitting president. Just a memo. No law. No statute. Nothing in the Constitution. Just a memo. Written during by the Nixon team.
But Mueller DID identify those 140 interactions which, applying the popular meaning of the word COLLUSION (cooperation) do prove that Trump’s repeated denials of collusion are just more of his lies.
Trump says “NO COLLUSION; NO OBSTRUCTION” but now we know there was clearly collusion and clear, specific instances of obstruction and criminal charges were not brought ONLY because of the Nixon-era prohibition against indicting a sitting president.
April 12, 2017