Donald Trump: 'Collusion is not a crime'

Robert Mueller

In a Monday morning media blitz, Rudy Giuliani continued to move the goal post on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign had any involvement in it, saying collusion is not a crime.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has enough evidence to charge the Trump campaign with conspiring to collude with Russian Federation to affect the 2016 presidential race, a former high-ranking Federal Bureau of Investigation official says.

While the word "collusion" is not part of the federal code, legal analysts have noted that other crimes, including conspiracy, could be brought if there is evidence that Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to undermine the presidential election.

"It's just flat-out untrue", Mr Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, said on "Fox News Sunday" about the claims.

Giuliani said Monday that the Trump team actually knows of "183 recordings" from Cohen, but many of them involved people having nothing to do with Trump. "The President didn't hack". "He didn't pay them for hacking".

A knowledgeable source told NBC News that Cohen is willing to inform Mueller that Trump Jr. told his father about the meeting, contradicting Trump Jr.'s congressional testimony in May 2017.

Giuliani added that the Russian Federation probe "has been continued as an illegitimate investigation". Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote on Twitter on Monday, citing a reference in the federal code.

Giuliani explained Trump's view is "enough is enough".

THE FACTS: It is correct to say that election collusion isn't a precise legal term. And as Robert Mueller ramps up the pressure and former Trump officials are heading to court - albeit on charges unrelated to Russian Federation - the game is on for the White House PR team to get ahead of criticism aimed at Donald Trump's path to the Oval Office.

Cohen is the focus of a criminal investigation, and his attorney recently released an audiotape Cohen made in September 2016 in which he and Trump discussed buying the rights to the story of a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Trump years ago.

But the USA lawyer snapped back in sarcasm and said: "Oh yeah, you scared me away".

On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon tackled the collusion question in character as Trump, anchoring the Trump News Network.

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