Trump echoes Giuliani defense: 'Collusion is not a crime'

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in ceremony for new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie as Wilkie stands at his side in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington U.S

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"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.

Giuliani continued that line of defense on CNN.

Legal experts, however, have repeatedly said that anyone found collaborating with Russian Federation on the 2016 election could be charged with other crimes, such as conspiracy, and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has not concluded. As Donald Trump's lawyer, he has spoken out about former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and his statements haven't been consistent.

"Collusion is basically a partnership in crime, which is conspiracy", said Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor and a law professor at George Washington University.

President Trump has repeatedly denied any accusations of collusion, and has branded the Mueller investigation a politically motivated "Witch Hunt", started by his political opponents on a false premise. "The President didn't hack".

But Trump, a serene man confident in his own innocence, has updated "no collusion!" to "collusion is not a crime".

"The odds are against it, but I wouldn't be shocked, because he wants to do it", Giuliani said. "There's not a single stitch of evidence of collusion.and the obstruction thing is insane". Trump tweeted, echoing comments made Monday by his attorney, Rudy Giuliani. 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.

CNBC noted Mueller in 2011 ended his membership at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia after a fee dispute.

Trump's latest tweets come as a criminal trial gets under way for his former campaign chief, Paul Manafort. Friendly Fox News anchors agreed. The video is obviously a spoof on the Smeagol/Gollum character from the LOTR franchise, who we often see arguing with himself whilst trying to make major life decisions and pining after that gosh darn ring. Although it's rare for the Justice Department to charge people for not reporting illegal behaviour, it's also not often that a special counsel team, with a wide-ranging mandate to find wrongdoing, is on the case.

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