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Prof. Eric M. Freedman Clarifies Legal Terms in the Context of Mueller Investigation in Newsday

Eric M. Freedman, Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights

The 3 Cs of the Russia Probe: Collusion, Conspiracy, Coordination
Legal experts explain why it’s important to note the distinction between the three terms and how they have played into the probe.
By Laura Figueroa Hernandez
March 17, 2019

Eric M. Freedman, a constitutional law professor at Hofstra Law School, said: “It’s actually quite common that it’s easier to prove conspiracy than actually to prove a crime … because there are infinite numbers of intermediaries usually involved. So Trump, for instance, will certainly say, ‘I knew nothing of the particular details that any of these people did.’ ” But if he “blessed” any efforts to work with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, he would be regarded as “a co-conspirator regardless of who did what to implement” the plan.

Read the full article on the Newsday website.