Turley: People Engaging in 'Willful Blindness' to Ignore How Indictment Supports Trump's Collusion Denial
Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University Law School professor, said Friday's indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian companies for alleged election interference does not necessarily vindicate President Trump, but it does support his claim that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia.
On "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, Turley explained that the indictment states that Russian operatives attempted to sow discord in the American electoral process by posing as American citizens and creating fake social media accounts, but no Americans willingly participated in the scheme.
According to the indictment, some of the defendants posing as Americans communicated “with unwitting members, volunteers and supporters of the Trump campaign involved in local community outreach, as well as grassroots groups that supported then-candidate Trump."
Turley said the word "unwitting" is critical, because it reinforces that there is no evidence of knowing interaction between Trump officials and the Russian operation.
"It's been a year, there's been multiple plea agreements, multiple indictments, and there really has been no nexus drawn to the campaign," he said.
He added the investigation will continue, but the fact that no evidence of collusion has been found can only be viewed as "supportive" of Trump's case.
"I think that people are engaging in willful blindness to ignore this is a fairly significant admission," Turley said.
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