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Trump says collusion not a crime as Russian Federation probe trial begins

Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump said he had a nasty and contentious business relationship with Robert Mueller, and he called on the special counsel to disclose such "conflicts of interest" in one of his most direct attacks on the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has offered to reduce the number of obstruction-related questions President Donald Trump would be asked by investigators, sources familiar with the negotiations tell CNN.

"I don't even know if that's a crime, colluding about Russians", Giuliani told CNN's Alisyn Camerota during a Monday morning interview on "New Day".

Although collusion is not listed as a federal crime, a person found collaborating with a foreign government could be charged with conspiracy, among other crimes. 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'. However, former FBI Chief of Staff Chuck Rosenberg pointed out yesterday on MSNBC, that collusion is " absolutely a crime".

The president has also used his Twitter to allege partisan bias among Mueller's investigative team, which he has dubbed the "13 angry Democrats". "Well, the president didn't hack!" "President Trump did nothing wrong", he wrote.

"The odds are against it, but I wouldn't be shocked, because he wants to do it", Giuliani said.

Fox News reported liberal icon Alan Dershowitz speculated that Mueller hopes the charges he filed against Paul Manafort will force the onetime Trump campaign manager to reveal something incriminating about the president.

At a CNN town hall in April, former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired, said collusion "is not actually a thing that exists under the federal laws of the United States". Waas said it also includes the February 15, 2017 White House memo outlining a timeline of the events that led up to Flynn's firing, as well as "underlying White House records quoted in the memo". He said Trump has done nothing to impede the investigation.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has said he'd be willing to go on the record with the special counsel and say the president did indeed know about the meeting. "Therefore, the witch hunt is an illegal scam", Mr Trump said.