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Giuliani says Trump team received response from Mueller on possible interview

Giuliani says Trump team received response from Mueller on possible interview

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

Fordham University law professor Jed Shurgerman concurred, writing in Slate last week that "while "collusion" might not be a crime under any federal statute, any collusive conduct by the Trump campaign could be prosecuted as a 'conspiracy against the United States'".

Giuliani's comments come as Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial begins.

In his wide-ranging interview on "New Day", Giuliani also said he didn't know if Trump's ex-lawyer under criminal investigation, Michael Cohen, would be pardoned by Trump and claimed that Mueller's team has been unresponsive to the Trump legal team's recommendations regarding a potential interview between Mueller and the President for more than a week. "The President didn't hack", Giuliani told CNN. "We have complained to them that he's violated the attorney-client privilege, publicly and privately", Giuliani said.

Trump and Giuliani spent the weekend pressuring Mueller, saying he should wrap up his investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election through hacking of Democratic officials and pushing fake news about Trump opponent Hillary Clinton.

An element of Mueller's investigation includes whether Trump or anyone in the campaign tried to obstruct justice.

Trump himself also said in a New York Times interview in December, "There is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime". Trump has denied knowing in advance about the meeting. "I think you're going to find it very informative and very, very interesting".

"I truly believe that this President wants to sit down and tell Bob Mueller his story, but his attorneys don't want him to do it", he said.

The other 31 people charged have either pleaded guilty or are Russians seen as unlikely to enter an American courtroom.

"Maybe it explains why he hired 13 Democrats, ' Giuliani said, referencing Trump's repeated claim that Mueller stacked his team with 'angry" Democrats, although Federal Bureau of Investigation regulations would have precluded the Republican Mueller from using party affiliation to select his team.

"We're in the process of responding to their proposal", Giuliani said after an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, indicating that Mueller's team had responded Tuesday.

"And Rudy", she said of Trump's lawyer, a former associate attorney general and USA attorney in Manhattan, "knows better". And I have said that over and over again - collusion is not a crime'. I say that to attack the legitimacy of the investigation, ' Giuliani said. He's bluffing and he's only got a pair of twos, ' Giuliani added.

There are multiple crimes under which any cooperation between the Russian Government and the Trump campaign could potentially fall.

Giuliani insisted during numerous television interviews that no evidence of collusion existed, but the evolving narrative is a sign of how much Trump and his aides have had to recalibrate their public message in the face of considerable evidence of contacts between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, and with the special counsel investigating what - if anything - Trump knew about them.


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