Al Franken breaks down why Trump's 'collusion is not a crime' defense is an 'insult to everyone’s intelligence'
Sen. Al Franken on HBO's Real Time -- screencapture

Former U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has mostly kept a low profile since resigning his office in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.


But Franken took to Facebook today to mock the Trump team's defense strategy.

Specifically, he targeted the absurdity of Trump's pivot from "NO COLLUSION!" to “collusion isn’t a crime.”

Collusion is a crime, he said: It's usually called "conspiracy to commit..."

"The thing is, collusion IS a crime, if you collude with somebody to break a law," Franken wrote. "That’s called 'conspiracy.' You can’t get out of a crime by finding a synonym. 'I am not guilty of murdering the victim. I merely killed her! And there’s no such thing as first degree killing!!!' If that were the case, all any criminal defense lawyer would need is a thesaurus."

Franken went on to mock other Trumpian defenses.

"'My client didn’t steal the iPhone. He pilfered it. I demand that he be released forthwith!' This is the kind of insult to everyone’s intelligence that Trump specializes in," he wrote.