Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems to have been given free rein to investigate anything “Russian.” He doesn’t need no stinking crime to investigate, because, as you will read below, collusion is not a crime. There is NO, REPEAT, NO, criminal statute for collusion. If there is no crime called collusion, then there can be no conspiracy as well. That is the definition. You can look it up. You also can read all about it here.
As Written Alan Dershowitz for Newsmax:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller was commissioned to investigate not only crime, but also the entire Russian “matter.” That is an ominous development that endangers the civil liberties of all Americans.
Federal Prosecutors generally begin by identifying specific crimes that may have been committed — in this case, violation of federal statutes. But no one has yet identified the specific statute or statutes that constrain Mueller’s investigation of the Russian matter. It is not a violation of any federal law for a campaign to have collaborated with a foreign government to help elect their candidate. Perhaps it should be, but it is not. Even if there were evidence that the Trump campaign collaborated with Russian officials toward this end — and I am not aware of any — that would be a terrible political sin, but not a crime. Since the witchcraft trials in Salem, prosecutors have not been authorized to investigate sin. That is left to pastors and pundits who only have the power of persuasion. Federal prosecutors have the power of the secret grand jury, the subpoena, the selective leak, and ultimately indictment and prosecution.
That is why prosecutors must be constrained by law as to what they are authorized to investigate. Federal prosecutors are not given roving commissions to investigate “evil” or “wrongdoing” — only violations of federal criminal statutes.
Since I began raising this issue, pundits and friends have been suggesting federal statutes that might have been violated. They include treason, obstruction of justice, attempted obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact to hacking, and other elastic statutes capable of being stretched to fit the conduct of any villain de jure.
But this untrammeled approach to criminal justice is fraught with danger of overreaching and selective prosecution.
The particular statutes most often cited by defenders of the investigation are among the most dangerous on the books, precisely because they are so………
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