President Donald Trump’s protection within the Russia investigation has been a research in goal-post transferring — continually watering down earlier denials and elevating the usual for what would represent precise wrongdoing.

However not often has it been so concentrated in a single morning.

Trump’s lawyer/spokesman Rudolph Giuliani appeared on Fox Information’s and CNN’s morning reveals on Monday to downplay the concept that colluding with the Russians would have even been unlawful and to argue in opposition to strawmen.

Essentially the most notable portion of the interviews was when Giuliani rekindled the concept that collusion isn’t even a criminal offense. Trump’s defenders have sometimes famous that the phrase doesn’t seem within the prison code — which is a misnomer — however Giuliani took it a step additional: He mainly steered Trump would have needed to pay for Russia to intervene on his behalf.

“I don’t even know if that’s a criminal offense — colluding with Russians,” Giuliani stated on CNN. “Hacking is the crime. The president didn’t hack. He didn’t pay for the hacking.”

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Tweeted Aaron Rupar: “GIULIANI argues ***collusion just isn’t a criminal offense***: ‘I don’t even know if that’s a criminal offense — colluding with Russians. Hacking is the crime. The president didn’t hack! He didn’t pay for the hacking.’ ”

Giuliani added on Fox: “I’ve been sitting right here trying within the federal code looking for collusion as a criminal offense. Collusion just isn’t a criminal offense.”

In case you forgot, Trump himself has been arguing for greater than a yr not that collusion wasn’t a criminal offense, however that there merely was “no collusion.” Similar to Trump’s authorized group has taken to arguing {that a} president can’t legally be responsible of obstructing justice, it’s now arguing that the opposite facet of the investigation that has to do with Trump — the collusion facet — can also be a bogus commonplace. Or at the very least that appears to be the place that is headed.

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Giuliani additionally, at one level, appeared to supply a really slender denial of what occurred with the Trump Tower assembly. Whereas discussing Michael Cohen’s allegation that Trump knew concerning the assembly, Giuliani targeted his protection on arguing not essentially that Trump didn’t find out about it — however that he wasn’t bodily on the assembly. And he did it on each reveals.



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