Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Donald Trump says he had ‘very nasty’ relationship with special counsel

Donald Trump says he had ‘very nasty’ relationship with special counsel

On Fox News on Monday, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said there's nothing to suggest that collusion is actually a crime.

Even without collusion being a criminal offense, USA legal analysts say Mueller is likely investigating a possible conspiracy, a criminal offense, to connect with a foreign government to influence the election and probing numerous ties Trump campaign aides had with Russian interests.

The former New York City mayor said this morning that the president did not collude with the Russians and even if he did so, it wouldn't be a crime.

"Rudy Giuliani was correct - collusion is not a crime", Sekulow said. "Apparently, if you say something's not a crime, then it's not a crime". The timing of the president's statements in Doral, Florida, urging the Russians to go find the missing emails [of Hillary Clinton] or hack into the DNC computers. Instead, he shifted the conversation by noting that the president did not "pay them for hacking", which he said was the real offense.

"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". "Collusion is not a crime".

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Rep. Steve Cohen told CNN that he believes President Donald Trump's son and son-in-law will be indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for communications with Russian Federation during the 2016 elections. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote on Twitter on Monday, citing a reference in the federal code.

THE FACTS: It is correct to say that election collusion isn't a precise legal term.

The question of whether President Trump obstructed justice in the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn has always hinged on his familiarity with the details of that probe - and when he learned them.

Manafort's trial, in which he faces charges on 18 counts of violating tax and banking laws, is a high-profile test of the Mueller team's investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.

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. "But there's no violation of law, statute, rule or regulation that we have seen after reviewing this case for a year, and I think Bob Mueller will come to the same conclusion".

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