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

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

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

"Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn't matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!"

"It seems to me his default position is to lie", Mr Giuliani said of Mr Cohen, who in May he said was an "honest, honourable lawyer". "We don't think they have a legitimate investigation", he said.

Giuliani's on CNN saying that Mueller's "conflicts" pollute his ability to run the Trump-Russia probe-but *won't describe* Mueller's exact conflicts. Mueller, if he does not like the proposed limits on questioning, could subpoena Trump to testify, setting the stage for a legal fight that could eventually be decided by the Supreme Court over whether a sitting president can be compelled to testify.

He said the president doesn't have plans to fire Mueller but believes it "should get this over now".

Collusion is not technically a legal charge, but Mr Mueller could bring conspiracy charges if he believes there was such work by campaign managers with Russian Federation.

He called Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen a "scoundrel", accusing him of deceptively recording meetings after assuring those involved that he was not doing so.

In Trump's case, collusion is not a crime-it's many crimes. "The President didn't hack".

"But we've had it analyzed and there's no way to tell if he did it at the time or if he went back and edited out a portion, because it goes on to another subject and stops abruptly".

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"You can investigate an innocent person forever and forever and find nothing".

This comes as ABC News has learned that Cohen claims that President Trump knew about the infamous Trump Tower meeting in advance.

Bloomberg Opinion editor Timothy L. O'Brien slammed Giuliani's veiled attack on Mueller, for which he offered no evidence, as "McCarthyite".

Acknowledging that Manafort's trial begins on Tuesday, Giuliani said, "Right, and he has no information incriminating of the president - I know that for a fact".

Speaking to CNN "New Day" co-host Alisyn Camerota, Giuliani first downplayed the president's relationship with his embroiled former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who faces charges resulting from the Mueller probe. Citing two unnamed White House advisers, the newspaper said Mueller and the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia had a dispute over fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011. Friendly Fox News anchors agreed.

The Trump team began publicly arguing this assertion since late past year.

Prosecutors have lined up 35 witnesses and more than 500 pieces of evidence they say will show how Manafort earned more than $US60 million from his Ukrainian work and then concealed a "significant percentage" of that money from the IRS.

"The judge is not sympathetic to this prosecution", he said.

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