If Collusion Is a Crime, So Is Lying

A lot of hay is made in the Liberal Media Complex about whichever associate of the President happens to be targeted on any given day as … wait for it … guilty of collusion.

In fact, no one will be found guilty of collusion. That is because the word ‘collude’ (defined by Merriam-Webster as: conspire, plot) is one with no specific legal meaning. In the context of political campaigning, ‘collusion’ is not defined as a crime any more than ‘lying’ is.

Which brings up a helpful analogy: lying.

While lying is morally dubious and certainly frowned upon by polite society, it is not, in and of itself, a crime. However, if one lies under specific circumstances, say, while testifying under oath before a federal grand jury, that would constitute perjury and would indeed be a crime.

The same could be said regarding collusion, which is not, in and of itself, a crime. However, if one colludes under certain circumstances, say, in order to destroy a computer hard drive that is under subpoena in a criminal investigation, that would constitute conspiracy to obstruct justice, and would indeed be a crime.

The point being ‘collusion’ is not a crime unless engaged in under specific circumstances that are themselves criminal. Yet, certain political and media drones keep suggesting that someone … anyone! … associated with the Trump administration must be guilty of collusion.

That is both intellectually lazy and politically expedient. And that’s why they do it.

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