Republican Strategist: Giuliani's Collusion Claims Are All For Show

U.S. President Donald Trump walks behind his desk in the Oval Office during a swearing in ceremony for new U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie at the White House in Washington

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The tweet, alluding to the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that includes possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow, came a day after the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in a media blitz, began making the same defense.

"Hacking by foreign entities or anyone in the American campaign is assisting is a crime", he continued.

So far, special counsel Robert Mueller has accused the Russians of hacking into Democrats' computers and stealing emails, as well as trying to stoke US tensions before the 2016 election using social media.

Following the lead of his lawyers, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said collusion "is not a crime".

In December 2017, Trump told The New York Times that "there is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime".

But Mr Giuliani was persuaded to continue with the fiery interview at the compromise of being offered some coffee. "Collusion is not a crime. The president didn't hack", Giuliani said on CNN.

"[Cohen] said that he was in President Trump's office, [and] Donald Trump Jr. walked in and told him about the Russian meeting", Giuliani said.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 US presidential election, something commonly referred to as collusion by the media and public officials.

"He erased them, sure", he said, adding that the Trump legal team has "experts going through it".

But there are plenty of specific laws on the books that could apply if Trump's presidential campaign is found to have collaborated with Moscow, including a conspiracy to defraud the United States. Camerota asked Giuliani about a "contentious business relationship" that Trump claims to have had with Mueller-possibly over a membership dispute the two reportedly had regarding one of Trump's golf properties.

"The odds are against it, but I wouldn't be shocked, because he wants to do it", Giuliani said. The video is obviously a spoof on the Smeagol/Gollum character from the LOTR franchise, who we often see arguing with himself whilst trying to make major life decisions and pining after that gosh darn ring.

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