Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Donald Trump Echoes Rudy Giuliani: 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'

Donald Trump Echoes Rudy Giuliani: 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'

Trump wrote on Twitter. 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".

"When I said today that there was no collusion and that collusion also is no crime, I've been saying that from the very beginning", he said, reacting to new reports that he was attempting to change the narrative.

The former NY mayor said if Trump is interviewed by Mueller's legal team, "Our real concern is they're going to set up a perjury trap", attempting to catch Trump, who often misstates facts, in a lie, which is a criminal offense.

If Trump or his aides knew in advance that Russian Federation had the trove of stolen emails and did nothing to alert federal authorities, they could be accused of covering up the crime of stolen emails or working as foreign agents.

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.

"I'm happy to tell Mueller that Trump wasn't at the Trump Tower meeting", Giuliani said. He said he has a "sense" that Mueller is getting to the end of his investigation.

Giuliani also addressed audio recordings made by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen explaining only one has Trump on it, and that was revealed last week. "You start analyzing the crime-the hacking is the crime.The President didn't hack".

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"My client didn't do it, and even if he did it, it's not a crime", Giuliani said.

"Collusion is a crime", said Rosenberg, who once headed the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Giuliani also said Mueller has "conflicts of interest".

CNBC noted Mueller in 2011 ended his membership at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia after a fee dispute. Friendly Fox News anchors agreed.

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.

Should Manafort be convicted, the investigation by Mr Mueller could gain some momentum. He added, "I think we'd win it".

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