Rudy Giuliani said on Monday that President Donald Trump would not collide with the Russians in the 2016 elections – and that it would not be a crime either.
Giuliani, one of Trump's lawyers, ranted against Robert Müller's special investigation into Russia's involvement in the election and whether Trump blocked the judiciary during two TV interviews on Monday
"I'm sitting here looking for collusion in federal law." Crime, "Giuliani said about" Fox & Friends. "" Collusion is not a crime. "
At a later appearance on CNN, the former mayor of New York repeated the claim.
"Arguing about the Russians – I'm not sure that's a crime," Giuliani told CNN's Alisyn Camerota. "The hacking is the crime, the president has not hacked."
Giuliani's comments echo similar statements made by other members of the Trump camp, including
"The other day I saw [legal pundit] Alan Dershowitz," Trump told The New York Times in December 2017. "He said: # 1, there's no collusion, # 2, collusion is not a crime but even if "It was a crime, there were no collusion. And he said that very much … and he's been studying this very closely. "
That same month, Jay Sekulow, another member of Trump's legal department, told the New Yorker" There is no crime of collusion. " "For something to be a crime, there must be a statute that you claim is violated," Sekulov said. "There is no law related to criminal collusion."
Agreements themselves are no federal crime according to experts. But any Trump cooperation with the Russian government could be linked to several criminal violations of electoral law, computer hacking, false statements, and telegram fraud.
Even though Trump himself – as Giuliani explained – was not personally involved in Russian hacker attacks or could help this effort in any way could constitute a crime, according to The Washington Post.
John Dean, the White House lawyer under President Richard Nixon, who spent four months in jail for his role in the Watergate scandal, described Politico in July 2017 as "collusion" might violate the law:
collusion the descriptive word that the media uses to decide on many possible illegal actions of the Trump campaign, ranging from aid (18 USC 2) to conspiracy per se (18 USC 371), to violate several potentially applicable laws , such as: 18 USC 1030 – Fraud and related activities related to computers; 18 USC 1343 cable fraud; or 52 USC 30,121 contributions and donations from foreigners. In contrast to a widespread belief that there must be a declared war, in 2006 the Department of Justice accused our enemies of "help and consolation", the form of collusion better known as betrayal.  Trump has repeatedly fought collusion with America's longtime foreign rival since the beginning of the Russia probe. "There were no collusion," he has repeatedly said in tweets and at press conferences. He has also denounced the investigations of the special adviser as a "witch hunt".
By arguing that collusion is not a crime, Giuliani has effectively broadened the attempt to discredit Müller's investigation. He claimed previously that the President can not legally be found guilty of obstructing justice.
The collusive comments were not the only notable statements by Giuliani, who has been known to Trump's legal team for bizarre, lengthy interviews since April
When he was asked by CNN's Camerota about Trump's Tweet Sunday have a "very unpleasant and argumentative business relationship" with Mueller, Giuliani refused to work.
"That's up to the president and Mueller to describe – not part of my legal representation," said Giuliani.
Camerota backed away and asked Giuliani to provide facts that support Trump's claim that Müller has conflicts of interest in his role as a special adviser.
Trump has "every right to say," OK, you explain it to Mueller. Get up and be a man, "said Giuliani. "I'm not going any further, it's up to the president to describe it more precisely, if he wants to – or if Muller wants to come and say why it's not a conflict, I invite Bob to do it."
Camerota later asked Giuliani if he respected Mueller
"We'll see," he replied. Clarification: This article has been updated to include more of Donald Trump's December 2017 statement, which initially did not address his write-up of remarks on the legality of collusion with attorney Alan Dershowitz.