Trump urges Mueller to admit conflict of interest in pending investigation

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President Donald Trump has spent more than a year deflecting accusations that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win-but his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, employed a new tactic on Monday by declaring he's not sure if collusion with a foreign power during a USA presidential campaign is a crime. "The President didn't hack". There is no collusion, and even if there was, it's not a crime. He said there was no collusion.

She noted, in addition, that "collusion" with the Russians could be a type of criminal conspiracy - which certainly is a crime.

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.

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.

Rudy Giuliani today laughingly dismissed the idea that Robert Mueller is looking at President Donald Trump's tweets as part of a wide-ranging obstruction examination.

The former NY mayor and federal prosecutor echoed a sentiment he expressed earlier in the day on "Fox and Friends".

Manafort was charged with conspiracy and other offenses related to the millions of dollars he allegedly made working for the Ukrainian government many years before he worked for the Trump campaign.

Giuliani added that he had said Trump wasn't in the room for that meeting because there were in fact two different meetings. Mueller, if he does not like the proposed limits on questioning, could subpoena Trump to testify, setting the stage for a legal fight that could eventually be decided by the Supreme Court over whether a sitting president can be compelled to testify.

In particular, prosecutors say they will introduce evidence that a chairman of one of the banks allowed Manafort to file inaccurate loan information in exchange for a role on the Republican campaign and the promise of a job in the Trump administration that never materialised.

On Fox News, Dershowitz said if there's a conviction, it would give Mueller an opportunity to question Manafort about the president's actions.