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On Monday, Rudy Giuliani - Trump's attorney - also asserted on television that "collusion is not a crime", and declared Trump "absolutely innocent".

Special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into claims of collusion between the president and Russian hackers took a dramatic turn last week when Mr. Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen flipped on the president.

"I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime", Giuliani said in an interview on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends".

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". However, even Gollum knew in his heart that stealing was a crime, so perhaps he could teach Giuliani a thing or two about what is or isn't illegal.

He later told CNN: "The hacking is the crime. Well, the president didn't hack!" Instead, he shifted the conversation by noting that the president did not "pay them for hacking", which he said was the real offense.

According to memos written by Comey immediately following the meeting, as Vox reported, Trump told Comey during the meeting, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". "Collusion is not a crime".


Giuliani continued that line of defense on CNN.

Stephen Colbert kicked off Tuesday's Late Show with the trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman. Trump wrote on Twitter. Fallon's Trump listed some examples, explained why Rudy Giuliani is doing a great job, and moved on to other news.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators into the Trump campaign has indicted several Russian nationals and five American Trump associates on charges including Manafort, whose trial regarding allegations that he laundered $30 million on behalf of pro-Russia Ukrainian politicians begins Tuesday.

While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller could bring conspiracy charges if he believes there was such work by campaign members with Russian Federation. As the first trial in the 14-month Russian Federation probe, the case throws a fresh spotlight on an investigation that has dogged Trump's presidency. He said about ten of them feature Cohen and reporters, while another one is a tape of Trump, Cohen and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. Trump's lawyer has said he expects Mueller to file a report by September 1.

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


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