Trump Tweets That Collusion Is Not A Crime. The Internet Disagrees

Rudy Giuliani keeps moving the bar on the Mueller investigation

Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 USA presidential election.

We have now gone from months of confident proclamations from President Donald Trump of "NO COLLUSION" to the much meeker "Collusion is not a crime". Asked about what specific conflict the president was referring to in a Monday interview with CNN, Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani described it as a "dispute" but left it to the president to further characterize his complaint.

"Hacking by foreign entities or anyone in the American campaign is assisting is a crime", he continued. "The president didn't hack", Giuliani said on CNN.

Dershowitz said to pay attention to whether the prosecution hints at Manafort's relationship with Trump. Four members of the Trump campaign also have been charged for alleged crimes, but they were not directly linked to collusion.

According the reports of CNN, the inquiry was commenced in July 2016 when Australian officials had tipped the Federal Bureau of Investigation that George Papadopoulos, who is a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, informed them about alleged Russian meddling with Hillary Clinton.

The Mueller investigation has been ongoing for over a year, and in that time has shifted away from trying to find evidence of "Russian collusion" to looking for evidence that Trump and his team sought to obstruct the investigation itself.

In January, The New York Times reported that Mr Trump had tried to fire Mr Mueller in June past year but backed down after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign if the president made him follow through with the order.

According to Giuliani, presidents have the unfettered right to remove Federal Bureau of Investigation directors, and Trump had many reasons for taking such action with Comey. 'I can't tell you, ' he siad.

"I think you're probably going to see indictments against both of those people". "Now on the other hand, if the President believes an unjust situation happens, of course, like any other President, he'll pardon".

That came after a confusing Monday morning media tour by Giuliani, during which he first floated his collusion as legal theory. The Trump campaign was eager for the Russian help, he indicated, but the Russians did not deliver the promised dirt.

Giuliani declined to say what the purported Trump-Mueller business relationship was and said it was up to Mueller to reveal it, even though Trump raised the issue with his Twitter comment. 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". "I will meet with anybody", Trump said, touting his previous two summits while bashing the coverage from the "fake news". I mean, he is under serious investigation for a wide variety of crimes.

GIULIANI: Lanny Davis [Cohen's lawyer] has added that there was a meeting two days before the meeting took place, with Donald jnr, Jared, Manafort and two others, Gates and one more person.

According to Waas, "people familiar with the matter" have told him that both Priebus and McGahn also testified to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that they personally provided this information to Trump during a January 26, 2017 meeting.

Giuliani also said Monday that "the odds are against" a Trump interview with Mueller, but that he "wouldn't be shocked" if the President went through with it because he "wants to do it so badly".

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