Trump echoes Giuliani defense: 'Collusion is not a crime'

Lawyer of the US president Rudy Giuliani looks on before the US president announces his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House

President Trump said Tuesday that "collusion is not a crime" - echoing the words of his lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani in a series of media interviews the day before - but also reasserted that there had been "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has enough evidence to charge the Trump campaign with conspiring to collude with Russian Federation to affect the 2016 presidential race, a former high-ranking Federal Bureau of Investigation official says.

"I've been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a federal crime", Giuliani said on Fox & Friends Monday morning.

"There is No Collusion", Trump exclaimed in a tweet at 3:35 pm.

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.

"The odds are against it, but I wouldn't be shocked, because he wants to do it", Giuliani said. "The hacking is the crime. He didn't pay for the hacking". So collusion is not only a crime; collusion involves at least four crimes.

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"He has the conflict, not the president", Giuliani said.

Stephen Colbert kicked off Tuesday's Late Show with the trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman. "Your client, Trump, is under investigation by the Special Counsel for both. President Trump did nothing wrong", he wrote.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators into the Trump campaign has indicted several Russian nationals and five American Trump associates on charges including Manafort, whose trial regarding allegations that he laundered $30 million on behalf of pro-Russia Ukrainian politicians begins Tuesday.

According to CNN, Cohen alleges that he was present, along with others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer of dirt on Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and that the president signed off on the idea to meet with them. "But there's no collusion", Trump said. Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 USA presidential election.

The Washington Post reported in July 2017 that some of Trump's lawyers were exploring ways to limit or undercut Mueller's probe. "I suspect that we'll see that in some of his rulings".

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