Trump lawyer: Collusion is not a crime

Trump lawyer: Collusion is not a crime
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One of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's top lawyers told The New Yorker that it doesn't matter if members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia as long as no crimes were committed.

“For something to be a crime, there has to be a statute that you claim is being violated,” Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowSupreme Court temporarily blocks House subpoena of Trump financial records Trump asks Supreme Court to block House Democrats' subpoena for financial records Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors MORE said in an article published in the December issue of the magazine. “There is not a statute that refers to criminal collusion. There is no crime of collusion.”

Trump's attorney told the magazine on multiple occasions that collusion with Russia or another foreign power during a campaign is not illegal, and that no statute would be violated by the campaign working with the Russian government even if such an act is proven by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's investigation.

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Mueller's investigation has the authority to investigate any matters that come up in the course of investigating possible collusion between the campaign and Russia.

That includes possible obstruction of justice, which would be a crime.

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Sekulow in the past has claimed that Mueller is not investigating the president himself, despite the scope of Mueller's authority.

“Let me be clear here,” he said in June. “The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction."

Sekulow also denied in August that the president was considering firing Mueller, a move that Trump's critics have speculated about for months.

"The president is not thinking about firing Robert Mueller," Sekulow told Fox News. "So the speculation that’s out there is just incorrect.”