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Cuccinelli: 'Unwitting' Key Word in Indictment That Clears Trump

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:16 PM

"Unwitting" interactions with Russians by his campaign is the key to exonerating President Donald Trump of collusion, Ken Cuccinelli wrote in a column for the Washington Examiner.

It's a practical impossibility for special counsel Robert Mueller to make the leap to collusion when his indictment of 13 Russians last week describes — twice — "unwitting" interactions on the part of Trump's campaign officials, wrote Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia.

"It is not politically reasonable that at some future date Mueller would then describe other campaign interactions as 'collusion,'" Cuccinelli writes. "Such a radical change of direction would be one of the most severe shifts in the difficult history of special counsel investigations, and would shake the confidence of many Americans in Mueller's work.

"Changing the characterization of Trump campaign officials from 'unwitting' to 'colluding' in any future indictment is unlikely," wrote Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Cuccinelli calls the forensic efforts of Mueller's investigation "impressive," given the scope of the "vast investigative effort that went on unseen by the American public or the media" in indicting the Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 election.

Mueller's indictments show Trump and his campaign were "unwitting" beneficiaries of nefarious efforts of a foreign entity.

"And while it is no doubt mildly embarrassing for President Trump to have had the Russians targeting his opponents during the 2016 election, he can take comfort in the indictment's implicit exoneration of his campaign from any intentional collusion with the Russians," Cuccinelli concludes.

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