Trump Calls Out Mueller for 'Conflicts of Interest'

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On Monday, Rudy Giuliani - Trump's attorney - also asserted on television that "collusion is not a crime", and declared Trump "absolutely innocent".

"You start analysing the crime". Trump has reluctantly acknowledged Russian interference in the election, but has called the investigation "a big hoax" to explain his upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump and Giuliani's collusion comments come amid reports that Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is prepared to tell Mueller that Trump knew in advance about his son Donald Trump Jr.

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".

He later told CNN: "The hacking is the crime".

"The president didn't hack", Giuliani said. "He didn't pay them for hacking".

In a series of weekend tweets aimed directly at the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump accused Mueller of neglecting to report a series of unresolved conflicts including what he said was a previous "very nasty and contentious business relationship". "He said, No. 1, there is no collusion, No. 2, collusion is not a crime, but even if it was a crime, there was no collusion". Cohen previous year testified to two congressional committees on Russian election interference and did not say Trump had advance knowledge of the meeting, a source told CNN.

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The idea that Trump wasn't there isn't the question, though.

Guy Benson bluntly asked whether Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting.

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.

Trump has denied that the campaign worked with Russian Federation to try to engineer his victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and bristles at the suggestion he might owe his White House victory to Moscow.

Lewandowski's advice comes amid continued uncertainty about whether Trump will sit for an interview with Mueller's team and what an interview would include. CNN's sources said Cohen did not have hard evidence to back up his claims.

It's unclear whether Giuliani's latest line of argument is a strategic change in the Trump team's approach to the allegations, or just another pair of freewheeling interviews from the always outspoken former mayor.