Chuck Rosenberg, a former FBI chief of staff under former Director James Comey, said on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” Monday that collusion is “absolutely a crime,” just a day after President Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani said it was not a crime.
“Collusion is a crime,” Rosenberg said.” “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,” he continued.
“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.
Giuliani has repeatedly stated 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.”
“I don’t even know if that’s a crime, colluding about Russians,” Giuliani told CNN. “You start analyzing the crime — the hacking is the crime. The president didn’t hack. He didn’t pay them for hacking.”
The Hill added:
Trump himself on Tuesday tweeted that collusion was not a crime, adding that it didn’t matter any way 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 tweeted.