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What Exactly Is Collusion?

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When it comes to talk of “collusion,” Carrie Cordero , attorney, adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, and former counsel to the assistant attorney general for national security, notes that it’s important to “distinguish between the political and the legal discussion.” The term itself will continue to get tossed around, but it’s good to know that it doesn’t have any specific legal meaning. There is no law that says Trump’s senior staff can’t work with Russians. For there to be repercussions, there must be evidence that they worked together to commit a specific crime, aided one another in committing a specific crime, or helped each other cover up a specific crime. For now, we’ll have to let the investigation run its course and see what turns up.

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If you’ve even glanced at the news lately, you’ve probably seen or heard the term “collusion” when referring to President Trump’s senior staff being accused of shady dealings with Russia. But what is collusion? And is it actually a crime?

The literal definition of the word is “secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose.” When it comes to competition and antitrust law, it is illegal here in the . Outside of that, however, collusion itself is not a specific federal crime. You can technically “collude” with a foreign government any time you want, as there is no such statute that says otherwise. The term is vague, and is being improperly used as short-hand for a wide gamut of possible criminality.