For now, Sekulow and Cobb are sticking to their original strategy. They have advertised their willingness to coöperate with Mueller as a sign that Trump has nothing to hide, and their reaction to Flynn's guilty plea reflects this view. "Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn," Cobb said. With regard to Mueller's broader investigation, the White House lawyers' position continues to be that President Trump didn't commit a crime because no one did--or could--because there is no federal crime called "collusion," and Rosenstein's order did not refer to any criminal statutes that may have been violated. In several conversations with me, Sekulow emphasized that collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, even if it did take place, wouldn't be illegal. "For something to be a crime, there has to be a statute that you claim is being violated," Sekulow told me. "There is not a statute that refers to criminal collusion. There is no crime of collusion."