Obstruction Is Collusion


The revelation that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether President Donald Trump is compromised by or working for the Russian government is beyond disturbing. To deepen the unease, another report disclosed that Trump went to “extraordinary lengths” to conceal what he discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The unsettling news should concern all Americans. But, as we await the discoveries of special counsel Robert Mueller, we must distinguish between a counterintelligence nightmare and a criminal violation.

It is possible that Trump wascompromised by the Russians but that there is insufficient evidence to prove that he committed a crime resembling what the public has been calling “collusion.”

The recent revelations, moreover, may have changed our understanding of “collusion” as well as another word we’ve heard a lot of since Mueller started his investigation: “obstruction.”

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