No Collusion With Russia, Well Maybe
Updated 7/31/18 at 9:01 a.m.
There is no doubt that Rudy Giuliani has tried to stay one step ahead of the game. We saw it with Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, and the Cohen tapes. This is the opposite of President Trump’s approach which is to deny everything. Once again, Giuliani is stepping away from the pack by focusing on the word “collusion.”
How many times President Trump has said words to the effect that there was no collusion with Russia, who knows, but now that Giuliani is back with media interviews stating that “collusion is not a crime,” means there was collusion, and this is Giuliani’s attempt to shrug off further indictments, trying to reduce a political atomic bomb to a stick of dynamite. Giuliani is applying his tools of the trade as a successful prosecutor to Trump’s situation. Beat them to the punch is his strategy, a common technique employed by trial lawyers, and as applied to the Russia election hacking, Giuliani is trying to take the winds out of Mueller’s sails.
In his interview with Fox and Friends, Giuliani said “I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime,” and “collusion is not a crime.” Giuliani is correct (partially).
Collusion might be unethical, suspicious, provide horrible optics, it may have even opened the door to the Robert Mueller investigation, but it’s not a crime.
However, because of it, there may have been other legal consequences such as Donald Trump Jr.’s possible perjury before the House Senate Judiciary, which President Trump has also tweeted about.
“I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam.”
Of course, saying “collusion” is not a crime cannot be accepted as a blanket statement. If Trump and/or his campaign “colluded” in the sense that they knew or were involved in the hacking of the DNC servers, that’s conspiracy to commit a crime at a minimum. Giuliani makes it seem like you are supposed to find the word “collusion” in a federal statute somewhere and if you don’t, then it is not a crime and okay for the President to do.
Think of how President Trump said at a rally that he loves Wikileaks and hopes that they would release the Clinton emails. Guess what? Wikileaks did within twenty-four hours. Or, how Trump announced he would spill “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and two days later was the meeting at Trump Tower.
Of course, while Giuliani is saying one thing, President Trump is busy tweeting the complete opposite, hence, the mis-information campaign continues.
Giuliani also addressed the issue of conflict of interests between Mueller and the President. Giuliani’s response was that Mueller should “stand up and be a man.”
With Paul Manafort’s trial starting tomorrow, it’s time to distract, yet again, so the statements will become more ludicrous and absurd as hard as that is to believe.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Below is President Trump’s tweet from this morning.
Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018