Giuliani: Mueller's Russia Probe is Not a Legitimate Investigation

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President Donald Trump has spent more than a year deflecting accusations that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win-but his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, employed a new tactic on Monday by declaring he's not sure if collusion with a foreign power during a USA presidential campaign is a crime.

Legal experts say Giuliani and Trump have a point: There is no federal law or statue making campaign collusion a crime.

Donald Trump continues to deny Russian Federation had any involvement in his 2016 US Presidential campaign.

Specifically, the memo states that allegations Manafort "committed a crime or crimes by colluding with Russian government officials with respect to the Russian government's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election" are "within the scope" of the special counsel's investigation. Hacking is the crime. The timing of the president's statements in Doral, Florida, urging the Russians to go find the missing emails [of Hillary Clinton] or hack into the DNC computers. "He didn't pay them for hacking".

Giuliani told CNN he was "happy to tell" Mueller that Trump "wasn't at the meeting".

In Trump's case, collusion is not a crime-it's many crimes.

More news: Paul Manafort’s first trial begins this week: Here’s what to expect

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

While the main areas of Mueller's investigation are Russia's actions during the 2016 presidential election and any attempts by Trump to obstruct justice, none of those topics are expected to come up in Manafort's trial. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote on Twitter on Monday, citing a reference in the federal code.

Now, it's true that the term "collusion" doesn't show up in the legal code for the issues at stake here.

Cohen a year ago testified to two congressional committees on Russian election interference and did not say Trump had advance knowledge of the meeting, a source told CNN. Camerota asked Giuliani about a "contentious business relationship" that Trump claims to have had with Mueller-possibly over a membership dispute the two reportedly had regarding one of Trump's golf properties. Trump tweeted. "They are totally unhinged and in many ways, after witnessing first hand the damage they do to so many innocent and decent people, I enjoy watching".

But the USA lawyer snapped back in sarcasm and said: "Oh yeah, you scared me away".

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