Monday, 22 October, 2018

‘Collusion is not a crime,’ says Trump, as Mueller-Manafort trial begins

Trump has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller for not disclosing his conflicts of interest Trump has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller for not disclosing his conflicts of interest
Julia Gonzales | 01 August, 2018, 00:41

Rudy Giuliani asserting that Mueller doesn't "have a goddamn thing" on Trump might be more convincing were it not for the fact that THE COLLUSION IS RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN.

Even without collusion being a criminal offense, US 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.

On Monday, Rudy Giuliani - Trump's attorney - also asserted on television that "collusion is not a crime", and declared Trump "absolutely innocent".

Trump has escalated his attacks on Mueller and the investigation he repeatedly calls a "witch hunt", in what is seen as an attempt to influence public opinion before Mueller producer a report, and as the November midterm elections that will decide control of Congress draw closer.

Giuliani added that the Russian Federation probe "has been continued as an illegitimate investigation".

To illustrate his changing position on the character of Cohen, Colbert tapped the beloved, tricky creature Gollum of Lord of the Rings fame to show Giuliani's two minds.

Trump urges Mueller to admit conflict of interest in pending investigation
Legal experts said that working with a foreign national with the intent of influencing a US election could violate multiple laws. His former campaign manager Paul Manafort is facing charges of tax and bank fraud, with the jury selection due to begin today.

"I don't even know if that's a crime, colluding about Russians", Giuliani said on CNN on Monday.

Fordham University law professor Jed Shurgerman concurred, writing in Slate last week that "while "collusion" might not be a crime under any federal statute, any collusive conduct by the Trump campaign could be prosecuted as a 'conspiracy against the United States'".

He said the president doesn't have plans to fire Mueller but believes it "should get this over now".

Solomon referred to the FISA applications Federal Bureau of Investigation officials originally filed and renewed to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. But if it wasn't a crime, and you also didn't do it, why such a vociferous effort to deny it?

"The odds are against it, but I wouldn't be shocked, because he wants to do it", Giuliani said.

This isn't the first time a former Trump supporter has claimed the President knew of the meeting. "There's not a single stitch of evidence of collusion.and the obstruction thing is insane".

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