Trump repeats Giuliani defense: ‘Collusion is not a crime’

Donald Trump continues to deny Russia had any involvement in his 2016 US Presidential campaign

Donald Trump continues to deny Russia had any involvement in his 2016 US Presidential campaign

Union targets AT&T over job losses MORE has been hit with charges of money laundering, fraud and conspiracy against the United States and others in relation to work he did before joining the Trump campaign.

Giuliani also said Monday that "the odds are against" a Trump interview with Mueller, but that he "wouldn't be shocked" if the President went through with it because he "wants to do it so badly".

Trump's statement comes after a week in which the President's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, authorized the release of a recording he made between himself and then-candidate Trump talking about a potential payment to a model who claims she had an affair with Trump.

The meeting was also attended by former campaign chair Paul Manafort, whose role Giuliani diminished Monday, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

"Whatever his conclusion is on the issue of collusion, I will stand by it", Durbin said.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018....

The former NY mayor said if Trump is interviewed by Mueller's legal team, "Our real concern is they're going to set up a perjury trap", attempting to catch Trump, who often misstates facts, in a lie, which is a criminal offense.

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Host Alisyn Camerota asked why it was up to Mueller to support the president's tweet.

Giuliani also taunted Mueller in an interview with Axios published Monday.

'When you're getting beaten up by all kinds of anonymous tweets coming from (Cohen lawyer) Lanny Davis and Cohen, and you put out something like that, you have every right to say you explain it, Mueller, stand up and be a man, ' Giuliani told CNN's 'New Day'.

The president - along with allies in conservative media - has launched a long PR campaign against the Mueller probe, which he claims is biased and pursuing erroneous claims of collusion between his campaign team and Moscow. The President has said he would like to sit down with Mueller if he perceived he would be treated fairly. "And so I'm not aware of any disqualifying conflict of interest".

The message marked the first time Mr Trump publicly elaborated on prior vague claims of conflicts of interest.

The President has repeatedly denied that there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and he told The New York Times in December that "collusion is not a crime".

He further revealed that he had a "conflict of interest" with Mueller, adding that the two had a "nasty business relationship" and that he had turned him down as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director. "Now, we've got the Cohen (tapes)". Only 1 with the president of the united States, ' Giuliani said.

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