‘Collusion Is Not a Crime’

Aug 03, 2018, 08:48
‘Collusion Is Not a Crime’

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". But Cohen attorney Lanny Davis called the attack baseless, and ABC News' chief legal analyst also said Trump's lawyers may have difficulty backing up their claim.

But many pointed out that while "collusion" only technically refers to anti-trust laws, the wider sense of "collusion" refers to several crimes that the members of the Trump campaign may be guilty of.

The tweet comes a day after Giuliani made the same claim in multiple television appearances.

Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer of United States President Donald Trump on Monday said the former was not sure whether collusion with Russian Federation would be considered a crime. There was one that the public knows about, which when you talk about a meeting and you say that the president wasn't there, that's the one that everybody would assume that we're all on the same page about. "The president didn't hack". I know most people say they hate Mondays, but, trust me, yours probably wasn't as bad as Rudy Giuliani's.

Giuliani added on Fox: "I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime". As the first trial in the 14-month Russian Federation probe, the case throws a fresh spotlight on an investigation that has dogged Trump's presidency.

The New York Times, in a January article detailing an attempt by Trump to fire Mueller a year ago that the President ultimately backed off from, said Trump claimed one of Mueller's conflicts stemmed from a dispute over fees at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. Trump and his son have denied that the president knew about the meeting in advance. 'I can't tell you, ' he siad. I've been saying that from the very beginning, ' he said.

"McGahn also relayed to (Trump) that Flynn had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation the same false story he'd earlier told (Vice President Mike) Pence (that Flynn had never spoken to Kislyak about sanctions)", Waas wrote. It is the latest strategy from the president's legal team after the release of secretly recorded audio tapes between Trump and his one-time personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

What does this portend for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation?

GIULIANI: Lanny Davis [Cohen's lawyer] has added that there was a meeting two days before the meeting took place, with Donald jnr, Jared, Manafort and two others, Gates and one more person.

What Rosenberg is pointing out is the fact that even though "collusion" isn't the word that official criminal statutes use to define a number of potential crimes, the acts that create collusion, in this circumstance, would very well be a crime - defined as a conspiracy. I mean, he is under serious investigation for a wide variety of crimes.

So, is Trump off the hook in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation?

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