Giuliani: Mueller's Russia Probe is Not a Legitimate Investigation

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Giuliani said the now-public Trump-Cohen tape is the only one involving the president.

In a tweet, Trump earlier referred to a "very nasty & contentious business relationship" he once had with Mueller, and although Giuliani didn't elaborate, he said Mueller needs to "stand up and be a man".

President Donald Trump, contradicting past denials of campaign coordination with Russian Federation, on Tuesday claimed such "collusion is not a crime". Hacking is the crime. "The President didn't hack".

For almost a year now, political pundits, Trump lawyers, and Americans from every walk of life have been trying to pinpoint how much longer Robert Mueller and the Special Counsel's office would take before issuing a final report on possible crimes committed by the Trump campaign. There is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime.

Well, is it a crime?

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"If these folks don't know that collusion and conspiracy are synonyms for one another and this is a legal strategy then they might want to consider changing horses in this race", Rosenberg added.

And in May, CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero said, "There is no section in the criminal code that says "it is a crime for a political campaign to 'collude" with a foreign power to win an election". In December 2017, Trump told The New York Times that "there is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime".

Mueller is expected to adhere to U.S. Justice Department guidelines to not indict a current president, but is expected to write a report on his findings that could, if wrongdoing is alleged, be turned over to Congress. The strategy may be the latest in Trump's efforts to strip legitimacy from the Mueller probe, which he has long denounced as a "witch hunt".

Trump didn't say what those conflicts were, but he said he turned down Mueller to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a second time before Mueller was appointed special counsel, and that James Comey, whom Trump fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, is Mueller's "close friend".

On Fox News, Dershowitz said if there's a conviction, it would give Mueller an opportunity to question Manafort about the president's actions. In fact, prosecutors said last week they don't expect the word "Russia" to be mentioned at all.