A member of President Trump’s personal legal team argued today that “there’s no crime of collusion” after a foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his communications with Russian nationals.
“There’s no crime of collusion,” Jay Sekulow said on “Good Morning America” of George Papadopoulos, who admitted to making false statements and material omissions in January to investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Papadopoulos had attempted to arrange a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Also, when asked whether the president has ruled out firing the special counsel, Robert Mueller, Sekulow said, “The president has not indicated to me or to anyone else that I work with that he’s had any intent on terminating Robert Mueller.”
“You could only terminate a special counsel for cause and we just don’t see any basis for cause,” he added.
Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, who served as Trump’s campaign manager and deputy campaign manager respectively, were indicted on 12 charges Friday and surrendered to federal authorities on Monday. In a court appearance Monday, Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include money laundering and working as unregistered foreign agents.
Both were released to house arrest. President Trump can pardon the three men at any time — and without waiting for a potential conviction — for all federal crimes, but not for potential state crimes.
“I have not had a conversation with the president regarding pardons and pardons are not on the table,” Sekulow told “GMA.”
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