Fact or Fiction: Is Trump Right to Claim Collusion Isn't a Crime?

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

He also said that "the hacking is the crime" and that Trump "didn't pay" the Russians "for hacking." .

"I'm happy to tell Mueller that Trump wasn't at the Trump Tower meeting", Giuliani said.

"[It's] Impossible, in my opinion, based on my experience working with Trump and everybody that worked with Trump", Res said.

The former New York City mayor and US attorney, and now Trump, appear to be trying to influence public opinion about the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe of possible campaign coordination and whether Trump obstructed justice since taking office with moves related to the investigation, including firing then-FBI Director James Comey.

"I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime", Giuliani said Monday on "Fox & Friends".

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"I think you're probably going to see indictments against both of those people".

Trump has reluctantly acknowledged Russian interference in the election, but has called the investigation "a big hoax" to explain his upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Instead of clarity, he parroted back the increasingly common refrain of "collusion is not illegal!".

Mr Trump's tweet comes after his lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News "collusion is not a crime".

The remarks also followed CNN's Thursday report that Trump's former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen was willing to tell Mueller that Trump approved the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russians and top Trump campaign officials, which would contradict past denials from Trump.

Giuliani also vaguely questioned Mueller's fitness to lead the investigation, which he took over after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey previous year.

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Trump held a private meeting with Comey on February 14, 2017, in the Oval Office.

Mr. Giuliani was dismissing these allegations when he argued that collusion can't be criminal.

Asked if he thought that Trump would be subpoenaed and a constitutional fight would ensue, Giuliani said, "Well then there'd be a constitutional fight".

Rudy Giuliani launched a fresh defense of the US President on Monday.

Meanwhile, the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort began Tuesday with jury selection, sending Mueller's investigation into a new phase with its first case before a jury.

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