Former Governor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani took to the air on Fox News to discuss Russian collusion. While Trump has repeatedly claimed that there is “no collusion,” Giuliana took a different angle.
Not a Crime
“Colluding about Russians, I don’t even know if that’s a crime, colluding with the Russians,” Giuliana said during a Fox and Friends segment. “Hacking is the crime. The president didn’t hack. He didn’t pay for the hacking.”
It’s true that there is no statute covering “colluding” with a foreign country but conspiring with foreign governments to meddle in elections could be a different story. As far as Trump not paying for the hacking, this very well may be accurate, but he did publicly ask for Russia to “find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Russia responded with an attempt to infiltrate his opponents emails the very same day. Was it a coincidence or a call to action? That’s the kinds of questions that special counsel Robert Mueller is actively investigating.
While Giuliana has taken a new angle on debating the legality of collusion, Trump continues to maintain that there was no collusion between himself and the Russians. Just one day before Giuliani’s interview on Fox, Trump tweeted, saying “There is No Collusion!” before going on to call the special counsel’s investigation a “rigged witch hunt” that was “started by a fraudulent dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC.”
Fact breakdown: The investigation started before the dossier leaked and the dossier was initially funded by Republican opponents.
Last week, Michael Cohen reportedly said that Trump knew in advance about the meeting at Trump Tower in 2016 between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner. Cohen asserts that then-candidate Trump gave the go ahead for the meeting, hoping to score dirt on his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton. Giuliani has taken a hard line against Cohen, calling him a liar.
Trump’s lawyers have already admitted in writing that Trump himself dictated the press release that Donald Trump Jr released which mislead the public to believe that the meeting was primarily about the adoption of Russian children. Trump Jr later admitted that he took the meeting after receiving an email promising damaging information on Clinton.