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'Collusion is not a crime'

02 August 2018

For months, Trump has insisted that there was "no collusion", but his Tuesday morning tweet hints at a potential expansion of his defense amid the ongoing special counsel investigation.

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

In a series of weekend tweets aimed directly at the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump accused Mueller of neglecting to report a series of unresolved conflicts including what he said was a previous "very nasty and contentious business relationship". "Well the president didn't hack". Some Trump antagonists have presumed guilt, while Team Trump has continually trumpeted there's "no evidence" of collusion. As recently as Sunday, the president went on a tweetstorm, writing that "There is No Collusion!"

While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mr Mueller could bring conspiracy charges if he believes there was such work by campaign members with Russian Federation.

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"There is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime". And in his own testimony before the House Intelligence Committee past year, Cohen did not say that Trump had advanced knowledge of the meeting, CNN has reported.

In fact, there is no statute covering "colluding" with a foreign power.

Legal experts said that working with a foreign national with the intent of influencing a U.S. election could violate multiple laws.

The former NY mayor said if Trump is interviewed by Mueller's legal team, "Our real concern is they're going to set up a perjury trap", attempting to catch Trump, who often misstates facts, in a lie, which is a criminal offense.

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"Collusion is basically a partnership in crime, which is conspiracy", said Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor and a law professor at George Washington University. "Well, that's not just technically correct".

"I think if he didn't tell us the truth, that that's an issue for the Justice Department, not us", Grassley said.

In the CNN interview, Giuliani sharply attacked Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, for taping conversations with clients, including one in which the future president discussed a hush money payment to former Playboy magazine model Karen McDougal shortly before the 2016 election to buy her silence about the alleged affair she says she had with Trump more than a decade ago.

"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.

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'Collusion is not a crime'