Monday, 22 October, 2018

Rudy Giuliani downplays Robert Mueller investigation: ‘Collusion is not a crime’

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Judge Kavanaugh, whom Mr. Trump tapped to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, wrote a law review article in 2009 in which he said that sitting presidents should be exempt from time-consuming investigations and litigation that distract from national security issues and poorly serve the public interest. His greatest hits include such gems as "Make America Great Again!", "Build that wall!", and a personal favorite, "no collusion!"

As people who have been keeping up with the news know, Trump is a man with a deep understanding of the English language, focused on the specifics of semantics.

Rudy Giuliani is purposely exchanging "Conspiracy" for "Collusion" to intertwine a legal term of art with a political one.

The fate of the presidency hinges on synonyms in a thesaurus, as the dictionary itself pointed out.

Trump and his lawyers are right that the term "collusion" isn't a precise one when it comes to US law.

Mueller might decide, for example, that a crime was committed if he finds evidence that an American was involved in the hack of Democrats, either by soliciting it or paying someone to do it. "Collusion is not a crime".

Trump blasted Mueller for not releasing conflicts of interest stemming from what he called "a very nasty & contentious business relationship", and noted that he had previously turned him down to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Trump himself on Tuesday tweeted that collusion was not a crime, adding that it didn't matter any way because there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, which intelligence agencies have concluded meddled in the 2016 election.

Later, on CNN, he added: "I don't even know if that's a crime - colluding with Russians".

"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.

"I can't keep with Rudy Giuliani's theories of defense", Durbin said.

In a later interview on CNN, Giuliani again said that collusion was not a crime.

Russian Federation has denied the finding of USA intelligence agencies a year ago that it interfered to sway the election to Trump. "They change nearly by the hour".

On Fox News, Dershowitz said if there's a conviction, it would give Mueller an opportunity to question Manafort about the president's actions.

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