One of President Trump’s top lawyers told reporters that it doesn’t make any difference is his campaign colluded with Russia. Jay Sekulow argued that collusion was not illegal.
Jay Sekulow explained to sources, “For something to be a crime, there has to be a statute that you claim is being violated. There is not a statute that refers to criminal collusion. There is no crime of collusion.”
Sekulow asserted many times 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 Mueller’s probe.
Mueller’s investigation has the authority to also investigation Trump’s possible obstruction of justice. Earlier this year, after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, Comey testified that Trump committed obstruction of justice when he told him to back off the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In the past, Sekulow has argued that Mueller is not investigating the president himself, despite the scope of Mueller’s authority. He explained: “Let me be clear here. The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction.”
Earlier this year, Sekulow also denied that Trump was considering firing Mueller in an effort to save himself. Many critics have been concerned that Trump might try to fire Mueller to end the investigation.
Sekulow explained to reporters: “The president is not thinking about firing Robert Mueller. So the speculation that’s out there is just incorrect.” On Saturday, Trump admitted he knew that Flynn lied to FBI and that was why he fired him.
Many lawmakers are arguing that Congress now have all the evidence they need to investigate Trump for obstruction of justice.