Trump says collusion not a crime as Russian Federation probe trial begins


Rudy Giuliani made the media rounds over the weekend for his "No Collusion Press Tour", but he hit a new chord when he said: "I don't even know if that's a crime, colluding about Russians".

"He's referring to a dispute which I imagine Mueller - I imagine he disclosed it to [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein when he appointed him, because it would involve something that actually wasn't settled even to this day", Giuliani said.

Giuliani further denied the involvement of Trump's presidential campaign's former chairman, Paul Manafort, in intimate business relations with the US President, CNN reported.

Mueller, in his investigation which started in 2017, has levelled criminal charges against several Russian citizens, five American and one Dutch national, but has so far not uncovered any instance of Trump's campaign being involved in these activities.

In his wide-ranging interview on "New Day", Giuliani also said he didn't know if Trump's ex-lawyer under criminal investigation, Michael Cohen, would be pardoned by Trump and claimed that Mueller's team has been unresponsive to the Trump legal team's recommendations regarding a potential interview between Mueller and the President for more than a week.

He said Trump's legal team presented its offer for limited questioning of the president to Mueller's team 10 days ago but has not heard back.

It's true that Mueller was Federal Bureau of Investigation director during the Obama administration, but he was first appointed to the position by President George W. Bush in 2001.

"It's not an order, it's the president's opinion", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, adding that Trump wants the probe to "come to an end".

Manafort Trial Start Delayed; Witnesses With Immunity Identified
Manafort is also facing a separate federal prosecution in Washington; his trial there is set to take place later this year. Last month, Manafort was jailed after a federal judge revoked his $10 million bail based on new witness tampering charges.

"Enough is enough, ' Giuliani vented".

As CNN has previously noted, records from the Federal Election Commission have shown some members of the special counsel team donated to Democrats.

'The president has always had a soft spot for Cohen. 'I can't tell you, ' he siad.

Trump has denied that the campaign worked with Russian Federation to engineer his victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and bristles at the suggestion he might owe his White House victory to Moscow. Mueller, if he does not like the proposed limits on questioning, could subpoena Trump to testify, setting the stage for a legal fight that could eventually be decided by the Supreme Court over whether a sitting president can be compelled to testify.

Trump also argued Mueller could not be impartial in the probe because he worked for a law firm that had represented Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

'We have 183 unique tape recordings.

"There is credible evidence that the president of the United States has committed obstruction of justice and possibly a conspiracy to undermine our elections", Blumenthal said.