Trump is right about collusion

US President Donald Trump launched a verbal attack on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of the Kremlin meddling in the 2016 presidential election, calling it a "rigged witch hunt" and "illegal", as it was ignited by a "fraudulent" opposition research dossier.

While Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tasked with uncovering alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the runup to the 2016 election, Manafort is being tried on unrelated tax and bank fraud charges dating back over a decade.

"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".

Instead, Comey continued, the question is whether any Americans conspired with a foreign government to commit crimes against the United States, which is a crime. When the message gets lost and you're giving confusing and confounding answers, eventually the interviewers are just going to throw their hands up and say 'Alright, I have no idea what the hell this guy is talking about'. So collusion is not only a crime; collusion involves at least four crimes.

So is Trump off the hook in the Russian Federation investigation?

Giuliani said that he believes they managed to "shut it down" and help kill the story, and speculated the journalists had also found other reasons not to run the item. In December 2017, Trump told The New York Times that "there is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime".

Trump's tweet came hours before the start of a trial brought on by the special counsel against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, who is charged with 18 violations of tax and banking laws related to his foreign lobbying work.

After showing a video clip of Giuliani saying that, "Late Night" host Seth Meyers declared, "Nothing makes me happier than imagining Donald Trump personally doing the hack". He said he has a "sense" that Mueller is getting to the end of his investigation.

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Washington.

Giuliani's retreat does little to help his or the President's credibility, but it was already near rock bottom with the series of factual misstatements and legally preposterous assertions that have been his modus operandi since rejoining Team Trump.

  • Rogelio Becker