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Rudy's 1-Word Tweet, Collusion Comments Cause a Fuss

Giuliani that 'collusion is not a crime'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2018 12:24 PM CDT
Rudy Giuliani is arguing that President Trump is 'absolutely innocent' and that 'collusion is not a crime.'   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani is a busy man these days. In a series of interviews, President Trump's attorney has been defending his biggest client and belittling the Robert Mueller investigation, and one line in particular was making headlines Monday. "Collusion is not a crime," Giuliani asserted on Fox & Friends, per CNBC. More details and context on Giuliani's latest push, along with an odd tweet of his:

  • On collusion: "I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime," Giuliani said on Fox. "Collusion is not a crime." Trump himself has previously made this point, as when he told the New York Times in December, "There is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime."
  • Elaborating: In an interview on CNN, Giuliani reiterated that he didn't know if colluding with Russians is a crime. “Hacking is the crime," he said. "The president didn't hack. He didn't pay for the hacking.” He also called Michael Cohen a "scumbag." See the full interview here.
  • Conflict: On a related topic, Giuliani would not elaborate on Trump's weekend claim that Mueller has "conflicts of interest" because of their "very nasty & contentious business relationship." A post at the conservative Hot Air site digs into the possibilities and comes up with an old one over, of all things, golf dues. But "if Trump believes there’s a serious financial 'dispute' that disqualifies Mueller on conflict grounds, why won’t he just specify it?" wonders Allahpundit. "Is it because his lawyers think it would sound nutty to try to shift the Russiagate debate towards a debate over golf dues?"

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