Conservative columnist nails the one word in Mueller's Cohen memo that may prove 'collusion'
Trump's relationship with Moscow has stalked the first year of his presidency, with key former aides under a US investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin. (SPUTNIK/AFP / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV)

Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin on Monday explained how one word in Michael Cohen's sentencing memo may prove collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.

"What if 'collusion' between Russians and Trump began much earlier in a plot to make hundreds of millions while Trump denied 'any deals' with the Russians?" the columnist mused.

Rubin pointed out that in his sentencing memorandum for the  former Trump "fixer", special counsel Robert Mueller's use of the term "synergy" between the Russian government and the president's former attorney suggests an ongoing effort on the sides of both parties to both win Trump the presidency and make him richer.

If there is evidence to prove Trump knew about and approved of this scheme, it makes it less important to prove "that he knew the Trump Tower meeting was ongoing," she added.

"If synergy is collusion and Trump was in on it, we have collusion," Rubin concluded. "It might not be illegal (e.g., lying to the public about a Russian deal isn’t necessarily illegal) but it might be impeachable — the 'it' being a fraud perpetrated on voters to convince them there were no Russian deals and there were no payoffs to women."

"If the collusion extended to coordination and assistance from a foreign government," she added, "[that] would almost certainly be illegal."

Read the entire column via the Post.