Giuliani: Mueller's Russia Probe is Not a Legitimate Investigation

Tabitha Dunn
August 1, 2018

President Donald Trump, contradicting past denials of campaign coordination with Russian Federation, today claimed such "collusion is not a crime".

GIULIANI on Fox News on Monday: "I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime..."

Mr Trump has denied the campaign worked with Russian Federation to engineer a victory. "Your client, Trump, is under investigation by the Special Counsel for both".

While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller is probing any coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, and could bring conspiracy charges if he finds that any campaign member worked with Russia to break USA law.

Testimony at the expected three-week trial in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, could only peripherally touch on the Trump campaign.

Jonathan Swan at Axios reported Giuliani told him Trump is fed up with Robert Mueller and wants him to "put up or shut up".

He added: "Four months, they're not going to be colluding with Russia, which I don't even know if that's a crime, colluding about Russians". "He said, No. 1, there is no collusion, No. 2, collusion is not a crime, but even if it was a crime, there was no collusion".

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The former Mayor of NY and US President Donald Trump's lawyer threatened to leave the CNN interview after he claimed he was "useless, petty and silly".

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

Giuliani added that he had said Trump wasn't in the room for that meeting because there were in fact two different meetings.

"I watched [attorney and Harvard law professor] Alan Dershowitz the other day", Trump told the Times.

Fox News reported liberal icon Alan Dershowitz speculated that Mueller hopes the charges he filed against Paul Manafort will force the onetime Trump campaign manager to reveal something incriminating about the president.

To which Mr Giuliani replied: "OK, I stay one more time".

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