"Collusion is basically a partnership in crime, which is conspiracy", said Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor and a law professor at George Washington University.

As the first trial in the 14-month Russian Federation probe, the case throws a fresh spotlight on an investigation that has dogged Trump's presidency. Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also participated in that meeting.

Giuliani said, however, that if Trump does sit for an interview he would only agree to answer questions about whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to help him win, not questions, except in a very limited way, about obstruction.

Rep. Steve Cohen told CNN that he believes President Donald Trump's son and son-in-law will be indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for communications with Russian Federation during the 2016 elections.

"That is categorically untrue".

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Manchin is one of ten Senate Democrats up for re-election in a state President Trump won in 2016. The senator has also asked his constituents to send him questions for the meeting.


"I'm not sure I know what exactly what the conflict is", Giuliani said.

Trump didn't say what those conflicts were, but he said he turned down Mueller to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a second time before Mueller was appointed special counsel, and that James Comey, whom Trump fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, is Mueller's "close friend". Citing two unnamed White House advisers, the newspaper said Mueller and the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia had a dispute over fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011. The video is obviously a spoof on the Smeagol/Gollum character from the LOTR franchise, who we often see arguing with himself whilst trying to make major life decisions and pining after that gosh darn ring.

He said the president doesn't have plans to fire Mueller but believes it "should get this over now".

Giuliani said the "jury" in the case is the American people and public opinion has shifted by 22 points against the Mueller probe and in favor of the president.

Giuliani also addressed audio recordings made by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen explaining only one has Trump on it, and that was revealed last week. Much like Gollum's torment over whether or not he can trust the hobbits Frodo and Sam, Giuliani seems to waffle back and forth over Cohen's trustworthiness.


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