Trump didn't know about campaigners' Russian Federation link, says Giuliani

Trump didn't know about campaigners' Russian Federation link, says Giuliani

Trump didn't know about campaigners' Russian Federation link, says Giuliani

The question of what Trump knows of the Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election has come up most recently after reports that Michael Cohen, his former lawyer, was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew in advance of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that was set up for campaign officials to get dirt about Hillary Clinton from Russians. But the real problem with the "collusion is not a crime" argument is that if they cooperated to do nearly anything that helped Trump in his election campaign, then it would have been illegal.

Asked about Paul Manafort's brief time as Trump's campaign manager, Giuliani told CNN's Alisyn Camerota, "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".

And speaking to CNN in May, Carrie Cordero, a CNN legal analyst and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, said collusion isn't a crime "in the literal sense" but that there could be related criminal violations in colluding, such as receiving foreign money in a political campaign or assisting with or being an accessory to computer hacking. "The president didn't hack". Giuliani said. "We have every reason to believe they don't have anything of the President doing anything wrong".

"I've been sitting here looking at the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime", Giuliani said. It is "Collusion is not a crime".

Giuliani's argument is even more peculiar in that the legality of collusion wouldn't necessarily mean no other crimes were committed in the process. The approval of the charges - details of which remain unclear - would mark a major step forward in the sweeping investigation into potential links between US President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential vote.

Giuliani explained that because of the great work Trump's attorneys did early on - providing Mueller with "1.4 million documents" and "32 witnesses" - Trump's legal team is in a position today in which they no longer need to cooperate.

That was WIBC host Nigel's take when discussing with co-host Jason Hammer lead attorney for President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani's apparent inability to keep himself from incessantly stepping in a mess of his own making on a near daily basis. Yes, 100% illegal. But Giuliani is able to say that because we're using the word collusion, it's not illegal.

"And Rudy", she said of Trump's lawyer, a former associate attorney general and US attorney in Manhattan, "knows better".

But there's more ahead: Wilson expects that there will be new developments "coming down the pipe from Robert Mueller". "And that is really what the Mueller investigation is all about". Nevertheless, Trump's legal team is preparing to counter the results of the investigation.

The President then turned to Mueller directly, tweeting, "Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend".

In April, authorities raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room as part of an investigation into his business dealings and efforts during the 2016 campaign to suppress negative stories about Trump.

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