Donald Trump Tweets 'Collusion Is Not a Crime', Echoing Rudy Giuliani's Defense

Trump has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller for not disclosing his conflicts of interest

Trump has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller for not disclosing his conflicts of interest

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.

What does this portend for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation? The Facebook pages sought to stir anger on divisive issues such as race and immigration, tactics strikingly similar to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Facebook said.

"What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment", Judge T.S. Ellis III said.

Fordham University law professor Jed Shurgerman concurred, writing in Slate last week that "while "collusion" might not be a crime under any federal statute, any collusive conduct by the Trump campaign could be prosecuted as a 'conspiracy against the United States'". "Hacking is the crime".

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Mueller's team is looking into whether Trump sought to undermine the Russian Federation investigation by firing FBI Director James Comey and attacking Justice Department officials such as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller.

In January, The New York Times reported that Trump had tried to fire Mueller in June 2017 but backed down after White House Counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign if the president made him follow through with the order.

"We're in the process of responding to their proposal", Giuliani said after an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, indicating that Mueller's team had responded Tuesday.

After showing a video clip of Giuliani saying that, "Late Night" host Seth Meyers declared, "Nothing makes me happier than imagining Donald Trump personally doing the hack".

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Trump launched his new attack hours before his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was due to go on trial on tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia.

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

Rudy Giuliani is purposely exchanging "Conspiracy" for "Collusion" to intertwine a legal term of art with a political one.

Dershowitz said to pay attention to whether the prosecution hints at Manafort's relationship with Trump. While discussing Michael Cohen's allegation that Trump knew about the meeting, Giuliani focused his defence on arguing not necessarily that Trump didn't know about it - but that he wasn't physically at the meeting.

Trial set to begin for ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort
Selection of a 12-member jury for "USA vs Manafort" begins at 10:00 am (1400 GMT) on Tuesday before US District Court Judge T.S. At one point, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent described the July 2017 raid on Manafort's Virginia condominium.

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