Trump repeats Giuliani defense: 'Collusion is not a crime'

US President Donald Trump speaks about the economy on the South Lawn of the White House

US President Donald Trump speaks about the economy on the South Lawn of the White House

Donald Trump is giving Americans a glimpse of the fury raging inside him as a pivotal moment nears for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, and different strands of political and legal vulnerability swirling around the President become ever more threatening.

It is unclear whether Giuliani's television musings amount to the beginnings of a new strategy, and it is not the first time Trump's allies have pointed out that there is no specific crime of "collusion".

Fordham University law professor Jed Shurgerman concurred, writing in Slate last week that "while "collusion" might not be a crime under any federal statute, any collusive conduct by the Trump campaign could be prosecuted as a 'conspiracy against the United States'".

The tweet comes a day after Giuliani made the same claim in multiple television appearances. In a confidential January 29 letter to the special counsel leaked to the New York Times in June, two of Trump's attorneys say that the President knew only that Flynn had been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"You start analysing the crime. The president didn't hack", Giuliani said on CNN. "He didn't pay for the hacking", he said during a subsequent interview with CNN.

'So I said today that there was no collusion therefore - and that collusion also is no crime.

(While we're at it, election "meddling" isn't either.) The U.S. code mostly uses the term "collusion" in antitrust laws to address crimes like price fixing.

In the days after the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump's advisers had an unequivocal message about contacts between Russians and members of the campaign team: There were none.

Mueller's probe has gone on for a year and a half and so far has filed mostly "process" charges campaign workers unrelated any Trump campaign relationship with Russian Federation.

Trump and Giuliani's collusion comments come amid reports that Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is prepared to tell Mueller that Trump knew in advance about his son Donald Trump Jr.

That was WIBC host Nigel's take when discussing with co-host Jason Hammer lead attorney for President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani's apparent inability to keep himself from incessantly stepping in a mess of his own making on a near daily basis. One of those people has already been sentenced and served a month in prison, while three others pleaded guilty and await sentencing. And I didn't get the impression that Rudy Giuliani was, like, intentionally moving the goalpost. I mean, he is under serious investigation for a wide variety of crimes.

Res, who was in charge of construction at Trump Tower and left the Trump Organization in the 1990s, added that Trump always wanted to be "on top of things". That's the meeting that Michael Cohen says the president was not ... or the president knew about ahead of time, but you say the president was not there. "And that is really what the Mueller investigation is all about".

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