Trump now says ‘collusion is not a crime,’ echoing Giuliani’s defense

Donald Trump continues to deny Russia had any involvement in his 2016 US Presidential campaign

"Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX", the president said Wednesday.

"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.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible cooperation between Trump's presidential campaign and Russians who sought to influence the 2016 US election by hacking into Democratic computers and using social media to try to undermine Democrat Hillary Clinton. Three: "It's a crime to steal things, whether you steal objects, like everything that was ripped off in Watergate, or you steal email, which is what is at issue in Mueller's latest indictment".

The former New York City mayor told CNN weeks ago that Trump might be coming around on the idea that he should resist sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with Mueller.

Former FBI Director James Comey has said collusion 'is not actually a thing that exists under the federal laws of the United States.' Comey, who was sacked by Trump in an act being probed for possible obstruction of justice, argued an April CNN town hall the issue is whether Trump or his associates conspired with a foreign power to break the law.

According to The Washington Post, the Central Intelligence Agency believes Russian Federation used hackers to intervene in the 2016 election and help Trump win the presidency. At issue in the investigation or any charges would be whether Trump associates and Russians engaged in a conspiracy to violate USA elections laws, or made illegal uses of the wires to carry out any efforts.

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.

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 like a guy playing poker.

'The president has always had a soft spot for Cohen. I'm not sure I know what exactly what the conflict is. Mueller has already accused Trump's former campaign chairman and another top aide of working as foreign agents for Ukrainian interests and funneling millions of dollars from the work into offshore accounts used to fund lavish lifestyles.

He further revealed that he had a "conflict of interest" with Mueller, adding that the two had a "nasty business relationship" and that he had turned him down as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director. "Then something happens. (Former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen) gets raided". Trump has also asserted he didn't know about the meeting.

"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.

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