Giuliani: Trump 'did not participate' in June 2016 Trump Tower meeting

Aaron Brown
August 3, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that "collusion is not a crime" as the first trial in federal Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe begins.

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.

Trump tweeted, echoing comments made Monday by his attorney, Rudy Giuliani. "And that is really what the Mueller investigation is all about". "That's up to the president and Mueller to describe, it's not part of my legal representation".

Giuliani said that the only crime present regarding the Russians is hacking, and it'd be "ridiculous" to think that Trump was involved.

Since "maybe collusion isn't a crime", let's stop talking about it.

According the reports of CNN, the inquiry was commenced in July 2016 when Australian officials had tipped the Federal Bureau of Investigation that George Papadopoulos, who is a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, informed them about alleged Russian meddling with Hillary Clinton. "The president didn't hack", Giuliani said on CNN. Trump wrote on Twitter. So, either the former Mayor of NY city is intentionally creating confusion by making seemingly contradictory statements from those of President Trump every week, or he's every bit as much of a goofball as he's portrayed himself to be in recent months.

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Giuliani said the "jury" in the case is the American people and public opinion has shifted by 22 points against the Mueller probe and in favor of the president.

"I'm not sure I know what exactly what the conflict is", Giuliani said. A spokesman for Mueller told The Washington Post that there was no dispute when Mueller left the club.

So if Mueller finds evidence that the 2016 Trump campaign worked with a foreign power to sway the election, then conspiracy - not collusion - would be the charge.

Giuliani would also appear on "Fox & Friends" on Monday to offer a similar claim.

Trump, in his tweets on Sunday, re-aired his incorrect assertion that the dossier of anti-Trump research compiled by former MI6 official Christopher Steele sparked the Russian Federation investigation.

Rudy Giuliani is purposely exchanging "Conspiracy" for "Collusion" to intertwine a legal term of art with a political one. Trump and his son have denied that the president knew about the meeting in advance.

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