Rudy Giuliani keeps moving the bar on the Mueller investigation

Rudy Giuliani keeps moving the bar on the Mueller investigation

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani made waves in recent days by arguing that collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in 2016 would not have been a crime - seeming to switch defense strategy away from the usual flat denials from the president and others that "no collusion" occurred.

President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets on Sunday lashing out at the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Asked about what specific conflict the president was referring to in a Monday interview with CNN, Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani described it as a "dispute" but left it to the president to further characterize his complaint.

But Trump's lawyers, in a January 29 letter to Mueller, claimed that Trump was not aware of the criminal investigation into Flynn, according to a report by Talking Points Memo. The Facebook pages sought to stir anger on divisive issues such as race and immigration, tactics strikingly similar to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Facebook said. "Hacking is the crime". However, former FBI Chief of Staff Chuck Rosenberg pointed out yesterday on MSNBC, that collusion is " absolutely a crime". "Hacking is the crime".

Alleged Russia's interference in the 2016 election, in which Trump won by Electoral College but lost to Clinton by nearly three million popular votes, led to the set-up of the special panel headed by Robert Mueller.

"The president didn't hack", Giuliani said.

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Giuliani told The Daily Beast that this included reporters from The New York Times, such as the paper's star Trump reporter Maggie Haberman, who had reached out about the alleged pre-meeting meeting. Much like Gollum's torment over whether or not he can trust the hobbits Frodo and Sam, Giuliani seems to waffle back and forth over Cohen's trustworthiness.

On Fox News, Dershowitz said if there's a conviction, it would give Mueller an opportunity to question Manafort about the president's actions.

Of course, Giuliani is correct in his analysis that collusion, in and of itself, is not a crime.

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.

"I believe we are coming toward the end, so I'm talking to some of the people that were involved in the original part of the investigation", he said.

Giuliani declined to say what the purported Trump-Mueller business relationship was and said it was up to Mueller to reveal it, even though Trump raised the issue with his Twitter comment.

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