On Wednesday, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman (R) slammed Donald Trump’s claim that “collusion is not a crime,” calling it “extraordinarily offensive.”
“I find it extraordinarily offensive,” told MSNBC host Ari Melber.
“Frankly, I don’t care whether it’s a crime in the criminal codebook or not,” she continued. “It is against the best interests of the United States. You do not collude.”
Trump has repeatedly denied his campaign had worked with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election. He further tweeted on Tuesday that “collusion is not a crime.”
“Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
His lawyer Rudy Giuliani made the rounds on Monday morning talk shows with the same claim.
“I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime,” Giuliani said on “Fox & Friends.” “Collusion is not a crime.”
While collusion itself is not a federal crime, anyone found collaborating with Moscow-linked agents on the 2016 election could be charged with other crimes, such as conspiracy, according to CNN.
Whitman last week penned a Los Angeles Times op-ed calling the presidetn “unfit to remain in office,” and urging fellow members of the GOP to ask Trump to step down.
“I am a lifelong Republican,” wrote Whitman, who also served as the Environmental Protection Agency administration former President George W. Bush. “My Republican colleagues — once rightfully critical of President Obama’s engagement strategy with Russian leader Vladimir Putin — have to end their willful ignorance of the damage Trump is doing both domestically and internationally.”
“We must put aside the GOP label, as hard as that may be, and demonstrate the leadership our country needs by calling on the president to step down,” she added.
Watch Whitman’s interview below: