WATCH: Judge Andrew Napolitano on 2016 Trump Tower Meeting: ‘the Agreement Is What Is the Crime’

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Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, on Monday, tore apart President Donald Trump’s defense of the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, which Trump reiterated in a tweet on Sunday:

To Trump, “It went nowhere” is dispositive — if no information changed hands, he would argue, therefore there was no crime.

Not so says Napolitano:

“If the people in Trump Tower agreed to receive dirt on Hillary from Russian persons, entities or the Russian government, it doesn’t matter if they never received it because the agreement is what is the crime & I suggest to you that is what Bob Mueller is looking at.”

Napolitano went on that there is “no such legal concept as collusion” because the word “collusion” doesn’t appear in “any federal statutes relevant to” the investigation into the Trump campaign’s connection to Russia.

Napolitano said that a defense such as “collusion is not a crime and therefore nobody involved in the Trump Tower meeting committed a crime” are a “false premise,” because federal law “prohibits the receipt by people running a campaign of information or anything of value from a foreign person, entity, or government.”

On Monday, Trump implied that collusion with Russia is a crime but only if Clinton did it – collusion which the president tweeted, without evidence, “was very real” between the Clinton campaign and the Russian government.

“Collusion is very real with Russia, but only with Hillary and the Democrats, and we should demand a full investigation,” Trump wrote unironically.

Napolitano said it doesn’t matter if Trump’s team received information or not. The intent to receive it, and the agreement to receive it, is the crime. The law “prohibits soliciting” dirt on an opponent from a foreign entity, and it “prohibits agreeing to solicit it.”

The agreement is called a conspiracy.

Napolitano said there are “three potential crimes” associated with the Trump Tower meeting: “soliciting the information, receiving the information, and agreeing to receive the information.”

He added that the agreement itself is the crime, “not the acts the agreement contemplates.”

Napolitano then summed up Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation:

If the people in Trump Tower agreed to receive dirt on Hillary from Russian persons, entities or the Russian government, it doesn’t matter if they never received it because the agreement is what is the crime & I suggest to you that is what Bob Mueller is looking at.

On Tuesday, Napolitano appeared on Fox & Friends and said the intent of the Trump Tower meeting is “up to Bob Mueller to investigate,” though he said he believed Trump didn’t know about the meeting.

Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., however, agreed to the June 2016 meeting after being told it was to get Russian dirt on Clinton. “If it’s what you say, I love it, especially in the summer,” Junior wrote in an email at the time.

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