Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Trump Echoes Giuliani: 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'

Trump Echoes Giuliani: 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'

US President Donald Trump urged US Special Counsel Robert Mueller to admit conflict of interest in the investigation of Russia's alleged meddling in US elections, led by Mueller.

President Trump speaks about the economy during a statement on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday.

"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.

But Giuliani's media blitz is all a show, said Republican strategist Rick Wilson, who once worked for the former New York City mayor.


"As a matter of law, the central question is not whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated or colluded with Russia, but whether they conspired with Russians to break a criminal statute or they broke the law themselves", the Council of Foreign Relations wrote in a background paper.

Democrats have argued that Mr. Mueller is likely to subpoena Mr. Trump, which could spark a debate over whether a sitting president can be subpoenaed.

"Usually you don't discuss joint defense agreements, but i think it's obvious there's been so much public discussion that there isn't one right now", Giuliani said.

CNBC reported Giuliani also insisted "collusion is not a crime", even though the president has said there was no collusion.


Giuliani declined to say what the purported Trump-Mueller business relationship was and said it was up to Mueller to reveal it, even though Trump raised the issue with his Twitter comment. You start analyzing the crime - the hacking is the crime.

Bloomberg Opinion editor Timothy L. O'Brien slammed Giuliani's veiled attack on Mueller, for which he offered no evidence, as "McCarthyite".

CNBC noted Mueller in 2011 ended his membership at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia after a fee dispute.

Russian Federation has denied the finding of US intelligence agencies past year that it interfered to sway the election to Trump.


"The judge is not sympathetic to this prosecution", he said. A successful conviction would give momentum to Mueller since the probe began 14 months ago. He also faces charges of witness tampering.

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