Friday, 19 October, 2018

Trump Lawyer: Odds Against President Testifying in Russia Probe

Rudy Giuliani President Donald Trump’s lawyer and former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani President Donald Trump’s lawyer and former mayor of New York City Alex Wong Getty Images
Michele Schwartz | 31 July, 2018, 19:12

President Trump's attorney and close adviser Rudy Giuliani made the cable news rounds Monday morning, claiming that collusion is not necessarily a crime on "Fox and Friends" and CNN's "New Day".

"I don't know what happened to him", Giuliani said.

Trump's personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was all over the networks and social media over the weekend and Monday with the message.

Trump himself on Tuesday tweeted that collusion was not a crime, adding that it didn't matter any way because there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, which intelligence agencies have concluded meddled in the 2016 election. "The President didn't hack".

"When I said today that there was no collusion and that collusion also is no crime, I've been saying that from the very beginning", he said, reacting to new reports that he was attempting to change the narrative.

US President Donald Trump urged US Special Counsel Robert Mueller to admit conflict of interest in the investigation of Russia's alleged meddling in US elections, led by Mueller.

Well, is it a crime?

THE FACTS: It is correct to say that election collusion isn't a precise legal term.

"Collusion is a crime", said Rosenberg, who once headed the Drug Enforcement Administration.

But there are plenty of specific laws on the books that could apply if Trump's presidential campaign is found to have collaborated with Moscow, including a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller is probing any coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, and could bring conspiracy charges if he finds that any campaign member worked with Russia to break USA law.

The Trump team began publicly arguing this assertion since late previous year.

Giuliani also said that they've hired multiple experts to review and analyze the recordings of conversations between Cohen and Trump.

Looks like Colbert has found one creative way to highlight some of Giuliani's conflicting opinions of Cohen - although, given its foundation in literary myth, it might not hold up in court.

Prosecutors have lined up 35 witnesses and more than 500 pieces of evidence they say will show how Manafort earned more than $US60 million from his Ukrainian work and then concealed a "significant percentage" of that money from the IRS. A successful conviction would give momentum to Mueller since the probe began 14 months ago.

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