Fact or Fiction: Is Trump Right to Claim Collusion Isn't a Crime?

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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.

The president believes it's time for special counsel Robert Mueller, who was supposed to be investigating Democrat claims of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation, either to put up or shut up.

Giuliani made headlines Monday when he gave a series of rambling TV interviews in which he stated that "collusion is not a crime".

As the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort looms on Tuesday, Wilson says the administration is trying to stage a distraction for Trump supporters.

In an interview on CNN, the former New York City mayor suggested that Trump would have had to pay Russian operatives to collude.

"Rudy Giuliani was correct - collusion is not a crime", Sekulow said. You start analyzing the crime - hacking is the crime... "Well, the president didn't hack!"

"I'm happy to tell Mueller that Trump wasn't at the Trump Tower meeting", Giuliani said.

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"Collusion is not a crime", he said, adding that the president is "absolutely innocent".

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has said he'd be willing to go on the record with the special counsel and say the president did indeed know about the meeting. Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 USA presidential election. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote on Twitter on Monday, citing a reference in the federal code.

"He erased them, sure", he said, adding that the Trump legal team has "experts going through it".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators into the Trump campaign has indicted several Russian nationals and five American Trump associates on charges including Manafort, whose trial regarding allegations that he laundered $30 million on behalf of pro-Russia Ukrainian politicians begins Tuesday.

But the new memo reported by Waas appears to directly contradict the assertions by Trump's lawyers in the letter to Mueller. "But there's no violation of law, statute, rule or regulation that we have seen after reviewing this case for a year, and I think Bob Mueller will come to the same conclusion".

Of course, whether or not Trump was there is not the question.

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