Jonathan Turley: 'Collusion Itself Is Not a Crime'
Jonathan Turley reminded viewers that "collusion" as it is now being defined is not a criminal act.
"Collusion itself is not a crime," and there is no evidence of crime to date pertaining to the Russia investigation, the George Washington University law professor told "Fox & Friends" Monday.
Turley warned of the "cross-pollination" between Congress and the special counsel appointed to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. The "helpful suggestions" of political opponents undermine the credibility of the investigation.
"People need to step aside. Either they want an independent investigation or they don't," he advised.
The core players are approaching a "very precarious period," Turley said, and must keep a consistent narrative of their actions during the campaign.
On Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, brought up "allegations ... that the Russians may have laundered money through the Trump organization," saying Robert Mueller has a right to look into it.
The president's son-in-law Jared Kushner is set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a private hearing Monday. Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign manager Paul Manafort, both of whose dealings with Russian officials have come under scrutiny, have agreed to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee.