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President Donald Trump agreed with his lawyer that election collusion with a foreign government is not a crime, even as he denied working with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

The meeting has become a central focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether anyone within Trump's campaign colluded with Russia's meddling in the last U.S. presidential election.

"Four months, they're not going to be colluding with Russia, which I don't even know if that's a crime, colluding about Russians", Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, told CNN's "New Day".

He said: "I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime.Collusion is not a crime".

The former NY mayor and federal prosecutor echoed a sentiment he expressed earlier in the day on "Fox and Friends". "This morning I tweeted, 'Collusion is not a crime, ' and it worked", he said. Instead, he shifted the conversation by noting that the president did not "pay them for hacking", which he said was the real offense.

Mueller has already accused Russian operatives of hacking the Democratic National Committee, among other efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. But, as his attorney Rudolph Giuliani did on Monday, Trump muddied those waters today. Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, claims the president knew in advance about the meeting, CNN reported last week. Trump wrote on Twitter.

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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.

But Trump's lawyers, in a January 29 letter to Mueller, claimed that Trump was not aware of the criminal investigation into Flynn, according to a report by Talking Points Memo.

He's correct in that the word "collusion" may not be used in any legal textbooks-we must be thinking of "conspiracy".

After showing a video clip of Giuliani saying that, "Late Night" host Seth Meyers declared, "Nothing makes me happier than imagining Donald Trump personally doing the hack".

If Trump or his aides knew in advance that Russian Federation had the trove of stolen emails and did nothing to alert federal authorities, they could be accused of covering up the crime of stolen emails or working as foreign agents.


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