CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently addressed President Trump’s claim that there has been no collusion between his current staff, his former campaign staff, and Russia. Trump made this statement to media outlets as they questioned if he would be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
According to the statements made to media sources, Trump is unsure if he will take part in any interview requested by Mueller. His basis for this is that there is no evidence that any collusion ever existed. In fact, Trump states that the entire investigation is a sham.
Accordingly, Trump believes that this is a ploy by Democrats to try and tarnish his presidency, his Presidential election win, and ultimately him personally – as well as his family.
Throughout the media appearance Trump continually referred back to Hillary Clinton and her campaign. He repeatedly laid blame on Clinton for the current Russia investigation, referenced several instances from Clinton’s time as Secretary of State which he felt were inappropriate or illegal, and felt that Clinton was the driving force behind the “witch hunt” Democrats were conducting to try and invalidate the Trump presidency.
Cooper points out that Trump’s statements during the media appearance elude to the fact that he will not agree to an interview by the Mueller investigative team. Why? According to Trump’ statements h believes, and has been advised that if no evidence of collusion can be presented then there is no reason to agree to or participate in an interview – in Trump’s mind the interview would be pointless and frivolous.
However, Cooper further points out that collusion is defined as, “secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose“.
Cooper then reminds his audience that several members of the Trump White House and campaign staff have been indicted and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges due to lying about any involvement or contact with Russians during the 2016 campaign or after – as well as several statements by key House and Senate members involved in the ongoing investigation that clearly illustrate that collusion between Trump, his staff and associates, and the Russians exists as a possibility, there simply is not undeniable proof at this time but the investigation continues to illuminate the fact that Trump, et al did indeed knowingly engage in contact with Russia in regards to the Presidential election of 2016.