Trump repeats Giuliani defense: ‘Collusion is not a crime’

Marcus Newton
August 2, 2018

Trump tweeted Sunday. "The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC".

President Donald Trump agreed with his lawyer Tuesday that election collusion with a foreign government is not a crime, even as he denied working with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

Speaking later Monday with CNN's Dana Bash, Giuliani said, "He owes us a response".

Giuliani further denied the involvement of Trump's presidential campaign's former chairman, Paul Manafort, in intimate business relations with the US President, CNN reported.

Giuliani also said that he was not sure whether Trump would pardon his former legal counsel Michael Cohen, who is under a criminal investigation.

'Why don't you write a report and show us what you have, because they don't have a goddamn thing, ' Giuliani said.

There is no indication that Mueller would agree to those narrow parameters, however, and Trump's legal team believes a subpoena could be possible if talks break down.

A White House official told CNN past year that Trump interviewed Mueller as a potential replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey.

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"Enough is enough, ' Giuliani vented". He claimed that Mr Mueller's team is filled with Democrats. He nearly still does. "If there were any conflicts of interest that were brought to our attention, I would discuss with Mr. Mueller, and then there could be review within the department, if there were a credible allegation of a conflict of interest", Rosenstein answered. 'I can't tell you, ' he siad.

Trump and Giuliani spent the weekend pressuring Mueller, saying he should wrap up his investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election through hacking of Democratic officials and pushing fake news about Trump opponent Hillary Clinton. 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.

The president may have been thinking about the Russian Federation investigation - and the Manafort trial - when he unleashed another attack on the media later in the day.

Asked whether the conflict was over the golf club dispute, Giuliani replied, "I'm not going to go any further".

Trump, according to The Times, in the past complained to staff about what he called a conflict because the two men had a bad business deal over fees at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., which led to Mueller, who was Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the time, to resign his membership there. Trump has also asserted he didn't know about the meeting.

Giuliani also said it "sounds suspicious" that only one of 183 Cohen recordings obtained from Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on his home and office has Trump on it.

"There is credible evidence that the president of the United States has committed obstruction of justice and possibly a conspiracy to undermine our elections", Blumenthal said. 'Sounds suspicious, doesn't it?' he added.

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