Donald Trump: 'Collusion is not a crime'
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Aug 01, 2018,
Aug 01, 2018, 0:44
"You probably won't find the crime bank heist in the criminal code", Rosenberg explained. "The President didn't hack".
Trump's personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was all over the networks and social media over the weekend and Monday with the message.
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.
Critics saw Giuliani's statements as indicative that the president's defense against accusations of working with Russian contacts to help him win the election is rapidly unraveling.
Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 USA presidential election, something commonly referred to as collusion by the media and public officials.
Rudy Giuliani is purposely exchanging "Conspiracy" for "Collusion" to intertwine a legal term of art with a political one.
Giuliani said, however, that if Trump does sit for an interview he would only agree to answer questions about whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help him win, not questions, except in a very limited way, about obstruction.
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.
"I'm "no" on a sit-down until we get ironed out exactly what [Mueller's officials] want to do", Giuliani said. Friendly Fox News anchors agreed. Trump wrote on Twitter. The FBI used the unverified anti-Trump dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and funded by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), to renew the warrants.