Published: Thu, August 02, 2018

Donald Trump Echoes Rudy Giuliani: 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'

Donald Trump Echoes Rudy Giuliani: 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'

President Trump's attorney and close adviser Rudy Giuliani made the cable news rounds Monday morning, claiming that collusion is not necessarily a crime on "Fox and Friends" and CNN's "New Day".

But Giuliani's media blitz is all a show, said Republican strategist Rick Wilson, who once worked for the former New York City mayor.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 US presidential election, something commonly referred to as collusion by the media and public officials.

"As a matter of law, the central question is not whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated or colluded with Russia, but whether they conspired with Russians to break a criminal statute or they broke the law themselves", the Council of Foreign Relations wrote in a background paper.

Not only did Trump know that Flynn was under criminal investigation by the FBI, but he also knew the specific nature of Flynn's crime, according to Waas.

He later told CNN: "The hacking is the crime".

"You start analysing the crime. He didn't pay them for hacking".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators into the Trump campaign has indicted several Russian nationals and five American Trump associates on charges including Manafort, whose trial regarding allegations that he laundered $30 million on behalf of pro-Russia Ukrainian politicians begins Tuesday. There is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime. But if it relates to Russian Federation and US elections, it can still be very much against the law.

Asked about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's upcoming trial, Giuliani told Alisyn Camerota that Mr Manafort "was not involved with intimate business relationships with Donald Trump".

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has said he'd be willing to go on the record with the special counsel and say the president did indeed know about the meeting.

Trump has escalated his attacks on Mueller and the investigation he repeatedly calls a "witch hunt", in what is seen as an attempt to influence public opinion before Mueller producer a report, and as the November midterm elections that will decide control of Congress draw closer.

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