Rudy Giuliani has moved from "there was no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia to "even if there was, it wasn't illegal" in his defence of President Donald Trump, adding that if campaign officials had been able to score dirt on Hillary Clinton, they would have used it.
Giuliani also said “it doesn’t matter” if information on one’s opponent comes from “a Russian, a German, or an American”.
According to CNN, Michael Carvin, a GOP campaign law expert who is representing the Trump campaign in the lawsuit brought by the Democratic National Committee against Trump and several Russian and campaign affiliates, has floated a similar theory. Carvin apparently argued that even if there had been discussion between Russia and the Trump campaign to change the party's platform and influence voters to oppose Hillary Clinton, "That conspiracy is not about an unlawful act. That's all quite legal. It's called democracy."
Defenders of the president seem to be arguing that a presidential candidate conspiring with a foreign adversary to subvert their opponent’s campaign is not criminal – it’s simply the how the game is played.
Richard Nixon famously said, "If the president does it, it's not illegal." It appears that Trump is taking that concept to a whole other level, especially when you consider he wasn't president when this stuff was happening: "If the right presidential candidate does it, it is positively virtuous."