Magazine August 14, 2017, Issue

Collusion Confusion

Robert Mueller departs from a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, June 21. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The question is, Collusion in what?

Allegations of Trump-campaign collusion in Russia’s 2016 election meddling have always been studiously ambiguous. The controversy is the subject of a reportedly intensifying investigation by Justice Department special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Yet collusion is too vague a concept on which to premise a prosecution. The criminal law concerns itself with conspiracy: an agreement between two (or more) people to commit a specified penal-law violation. Conspiracy is a crime. Collusion is two parties collaborating on . . . something. It takes two to tango, but if the pair just make goo-goo eyes, it’s not a tango, even if there’s

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