The Mueller report didn’t address collusion, but that’s not stopping Fox News from screaming “no collusion”

The Mueller report didn’t address collusion, but that’s not stopping Fox News from screaming “no collusion”

Fox figures and guests have wrongly claimed the report shows “no collusion” over 60 times since its release

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The introduction of the report released by special counsel Robert Mueller clearly lays out the parameters of what the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election looked at: “We applied the framework of conspiracy law, not the concept of ‘collusion,’” it states, adding that “collusion is not a specific offense or theory of liability found in the United States Code, nor is it a term of art in federal criminal law. For those reasons, the Office’s focus in analyzing questions of joint criminal liability was on conspiracy as defined in federal law.”

As Vox’s Zack Beauchamp writes, “while the report did not establish conspiracy or coordination, it does not make a determination on ‘collusion’ — and in fact, it strongly suggests that there was at least an attempt to collude by Trump’s campaign and agents of the Russian government.”

Nonetheless, Fox News figures and guests have claimed the report found “no collusion” over 60 times since it was released. Fox’s so-called “news"-side correspondents have wrongly claimed that “volume one clearly states for the American people that there was no collusion by the president and his team.” Fox’s so-called “news"-side anchors wrongly asserted that the report shows “no collusion” and asked whether Democrats will “move on,” while one of Fox’s sycophantic opinion hosts, Mark Levin, literally yelled, “No collusion, no collusion, no collusion. No collusion!”

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