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 US presidential campaign is a crime.
On Monday, Rudy Giuliani - Trump's attorney - also asserted on television that "collusion is not a crime", and declared Trump "absolutely innocent".
While collusion isn't a crime, that's not a question the investigation is asking. You start analyzing the crime - the hacking is the crime.
During the controversial interview, Mr Giuliani said he was not sure collusion with Russian Federation would be considered a crime. "The hacking is the crime".
Alleged Russia's interference in the 2016 election, in which Trump won by Electoral College but lost to Clinton by nearly three million popular votes, led to the set-up of the special panel headed by Robert Mueller. "Well the president didn't hack".
Giuliani called the disgraced former Trump Organization attorney one of the "biggest liars in America".More news: North Korea is working on new missiles
But the new memo reported by Waas appears to directly contradict the assertions by Trump's lawyers in the letter to Mueller.
Giuliani's own team worked on its "counter-report", which he said would be released after his team reviewed whatever Mueller filed with the Justice Department.
"I'm not sure I know what exactly what the conflict is", Giuliani said.
Trump launched his new attack hours before his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was due to go on trial on tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia. Friendly Fox News anchors agreed.
Giuliani's retreat does little to help his or the President's credibility, but it was already near rock bottom with the series of factual misstatements and legally preposterous assertions that have been his modus operandi since rejoining Team Trump. Trump and his son have denied that the president knew about the meeting in advance.
Although the president tweeted his congratulations at Kelly making a year at the White House yesterday, two sources told Vanity Fair that after making the announcement, Trump turned to his aides and said: "Now can I get rid of him?"