If Mueller does indeed indeed issue indictments of Trumps inner circle over Trump Tower, it is likely that he would include this charge:
“Conspiracy against the United States, or conspiracy to defraud the United States, is a federal offense in the United States of America under 18 U.S.C. § 371. The crime is that of two or more persons who conspire to commit an offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States.”
The interesting thing about this charge is that it doesn’t have to pertain to a particular crime but can be used more broadly. It has been used before in a number of cases. Here’s a good write up about it. Do you think it will come to this?
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
I don’t have to run with anything. I’m not a federal prosecutor.
However, the idea that there is “no crime” in a candidate secretly working with a foreign government in order to influence an election, for the benefit of the candidate or foreign government, is absurd.