Trump Lawyer Unsure if Collusion With Russia a Crime

Trump Lawyer Unsure if Collusion With Russia a Crime

Trump Lawyer Unsure if Collusion With Russia a Crime

Following the lead of his lawyers, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said collusion "is not a crime". And I have said that over and over again - collusion is not a crime'. The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the Democratic National Committee.

President Donald Trump stepped up his onslaught on federal Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian Federation and the 2016 USA election on Tuesday, saying that his campaign did not collude with Moscow but that collusion is not a crime anyway. The strategy may be the latest in Trump's efforts to strip legitimacy from the Mueller probe, which he has long denounced as a "witch hunt". As recently as Sunday, the president went on a tweetstorm, writing that "There is No Collusion!"

Asked about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's upcoming trial, Giuliani told CNN "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota that Manafort "was not involved with intimate business relationships with Donald Trump". "But there's no collusion", Trump said.

In fact, there is no statute covering "colluding" with a foreign power.

Instead, Comey continued, the question is whether any Americans conspired with a foreign government to commit crimes against the USA, which is a crime.

In an indictment this month, special counsel Robert Mueller accused 12 Russian intelligence officers of conspiracy to hack computers and defraud the United States, alleging that people "known and unknown to the grand jury" participated in that conspiracy.

But many pointed out that while "collusion" only technically refers to anti-trust laws, the wider sense of "collusion" refers to several crimes that the members of the Trump campaign may be guilty of.

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Trump has for months said there was "no collusion" between his campaign aides and Russian Federation and that as president he did not attempt to block Mueller's probe. "Well, that's not just technically correct. It's us, meaning the team of lawyers, including me, that have the most reservations about that".

Giuliani also said it "sounds suspicious" that only one of 183 Cohen recordings obtained from Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on his home and office has Trump on it. But the shifting focus from a strong denial of collusion to questioning whether collusion would even be illegal marks a shift for the Trump legal team.

Trump also argued Mueller could not be impartial in the probe because he worked for a law firm that had represented Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. The New York Times reported in January that the President claimed a dispute over membership fees had prompted Mueller to leave a Trump golf club in Washington in 2011 when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

However, Trump has repeatedly and angrily claimed witch-hunt by the Democrats and insisted that there was no collusion. "Collusion at one point never happened, the next point if it happened it's not serious". I'm not sure I know what exactly what the conflict is.

"Whatever his conclusion is on the issue of collusion, I will stand by it", Durbin said. "What it means is I would have had a personal interest, a personal dispute with the President of the United States before the investigation that really precluded me from it". "That's simply the facts and the law".

Giuliani also sent a message to Mueller: It's time for the special counsel to "put up or shut up".

In January, The New York Times reported that Mr Trump had tried to fire Mr Mueller in June previous year but backed down after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign if the president made him follow through with the order. Blumenthal said he wants Trump come back before the committee and clarify his statements.

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