Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion

03 August, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • US President Donald Trump speaks about the economy on the South Lawn of the White House

On Tuesday, he echoed his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who said in television interviews on Monday that collusion is not a crime.

Pressed by Blitzer, Cohen did not offer proof for his assertion, but said "you can see where it's going".

Donald Trump has said "collusion is not a crime" ahead of the first trial in the Russian Federation investigation.

In his tweets, Mr Trump also said the investigation was triggered by a damning dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, and questioned why Mr Mueller was not probing Democrats.

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The former NY mayor went on to say, "They can squeeze him, [but] Paul Manafort does not know anything...what I'm saying is, he was not involved with intimate business relationships with Donald Trump".

While prosecutors have said they will not present evidence in this trial about possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, they may dig deeper into Manafort's connections with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, legal experts have said. You start analyzing the crime - the hacking is the crime. "Well the president didn't hack".

Even without collusion being a criminal offense, USA legal analysts say Mueller is likely investigating a possible conspiracy, a criminal offense, to connect with a foreign government to influence the election and probing numerous ties Trump campaign aides had with Russian interests.

Since "maybe collusion isn't a crime", let's stop talking about it.

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In the tweets, Trump largely resurfaced previous issues he has with the investigation, claiming Mueller personally has conflicts of interest - including a "contentious business relationship" - that should preclude him from running the investigation, accusing Mueller of bringing on too many Democratic investigators, and making a false claim about the origin of the Russian Federation investigation.

In a series of tweets targeting Mr Mueller's credibility, Mr Trump alleged he had "a very nasty and contentious business relationship" with Mr Mueller.

Asked if he thought that Trump would be subpoenaed and a constitutional fight would ensue, Giuliani said, "Well then there'd be a constitutional fight". He said about ten of them feature Cohen and reporters, while another one is a tape of Trump, Cohen and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

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Trump echoed his lawyer's argument on Twitter. "And the other people at the meeting that he claims he had without the President about it say he was never there".

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