Rudy Giuliani said Monday that President Donald Trump didn’t collude with the Russians in the 2016 election ― and that it wouldn’t be a crime even if he did.
Giuliani, one of Trump’s attorneys, railed against special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia interference in the election and whether Trump obstructed justice during two TV interviews Monday.
“I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime,” Giuliani said on “Fox & Friends.” “Collusion is not a crime.”
During an appearance later on CNN, the former New York mayor repeated the assertion.
“Colluding about Russians ― I’m not sure that’s even a crime,” Giuliani told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “The hacking is the crime. The president didn’t hack.”
Giuliani’s comments echo similar statements made by other members of the Trump camp, including the president himself.
“There is no collusion, and even if there was, it’s not a crime,” Trump told The New York Times in December 2017.
That same month, Jay Sekulow, another member of Trump’s legal team, told The New Yorker that “there is no crime of collusion.”
“For something to be a crime, there has to be a statute that you claim is being violated,” Sekulow said. “There is not a statute that refers to criminal collusion.”
Collusion itself is not a federal crime, according to experts. But any Trump cooperation with the Russian government could be tied to multiple criminal violations of election law, computer hacking, false statements and wire fraud.
Even if Trump himself wasn’t personally involved in Russian hacking efforts ― as Rudy Giuliani stated ― directing or aiding those efforts in any way could constitute a crime, according to The Washington Post.
John Dean, the White House counsel under President Richard Nixon who served four months in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal, described to Politico in July 2017 how “collusion” could violate the law:
Collusion is the descriptive word the news media has settled on to cover many potential illegal actions by the Trump campaign, which could range from aiding and abetting (18 USC 2) to conspiracy per se (18 USC 371) to conspiring to violate several potentially applicable laws like: 18 USC 1030—fraud and related activity in connection with computers; 18 USC 1343—wire fraud; or 52 USC 30121—contributions and donations by foreign nationals. Also, 18 USC 2381—for, contrary to a widespread belief that there must be a declared war, the Justice Department as recently as 2006 indicted for “aid and comfort” to our enemies, the form of collusion better known as treason.
Since the outset of the Russia probe, Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with America’s longtime foreign adversary. “There was no collusion,” he has repeatedly said in tweets and at news conferences. He also has denounced the special counsel’s investigation as a “witch hunt.”
By arguing that collusion is not a crime, Giuliani has effectively broadened the attempt to discredit Mueller’s investigation. He previously claimed the president can’t legally be found guilty of obstructing justice.
The collusion comments weren’t the only noteworthy statements Monday from Giuliani, who has built a reputation for bizarre, rambling interviews since joining Trump’s legal team in April.
When asked by CNN’s Camerota about Trump’s tweet Sunday claiming he had a “very nasty & contentious business relationship” with Mueller, Giuliani refused to elaborate.
“That’s up to the president and Mueller to describe ― not part of my legal representation,” Giuliani said.
Camerota pushed back, asking Rudy Giuliani to provide facts supporting Trump’s claim that Mueller has conflicts of interest in his role as special counsel.
Trump has “every right to say, ‘OK, you explain it Mueller. Stand up and be a man,’” Rudy Giuliani said. “I’m not going to go any further. It’s up to the president to describe it in further detail if he would like to do so ― or if Mueller would like to come out and say why it’s not a conflict, I invite Bob to do it.”
Camerota later asked Giuliani whether he respects Mueller.
“We’ll see,” he answered.
Info Culled From: Huffpost
Why Twitter Is The Best Pro Freedom Fight Platform
Twitter so far in the entire world has outranked all other social media platforms as regards the use of hashtags to propagate and create awareness for different movements in the world.
Twitter encouraged movements such the #MeToo years back. The platform encouraged so many victims of different forms of assaults to come out and speak. Justice was as well served to those found wanting in different parts of the world.
For over a week now in Nigeria, the youths have used twitter to motivate millions of Young Nigerians to step out and protest against police brutality. The Hashtag #EndSARSNow trended massively, gained the attention of the world. All mega news media houses such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and others picked interest to cover protests in different parts of Nigeria.
This movement has since mounted pressure on the Nigerian Police Force to disband the police unit tagged SARS(Special anti-robbery squad) which was found guilty of several killings of innocent youths in Nigeria for the past 10 years +.
After announcing the disband of the unit by the Nigerian police force, the inspector general of police (IGP) announced that a new unit tagged SWAT will be setup to replace the duties of the scrapped SARS unit.
This move by the Nigerian police force spurred more protests across the country by Nigerian youths. To prove that twitter is a pro freedom fight platform, it has allowed the #ENDSARS #ENDSWAT Hashtag movement to thrive without any algorithmic hitches.
The #ENDSARS movement was also made possible by Nigerian celebrities who spear headed the protest in different parts of the country. The likes of Falz, Runtown, Peter Psquare, Flavour, Tacha, Kiddwaya, Tiwa savage, Wizkid Ayo, Davido, Comedian marcaroni and the host of many others.
Foreign celebs were actively involved too. Below are some of their tweets:
Indeed, Twitter is a good platform to fight for freedom and seek quality attentions that can fast track the quest for justice.
ONDO ELECTION: Governor Akeredolu Defeats Jegede, Ajayi In Ondo election (+RESULT DETAILS)
The Governor of Ondo State Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has just emerged winner of the governorship election held on Saturday.
Governor Akeredolu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared winner after polling the highest number of votes.
The governorship result was announced by the election’s Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Abel Olayinka who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, UI.
The governor who will be spending another four year term in office won in 15 of the 18 local government areas of the state while his rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP won the remaining three within the Central Senatorial District.
Akeredolu’s deputy, Agboola Ajayi who is the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP could not secure any local government.
According to the votes as announced, Akeredolu polled a total of 292,830 votes, Jegede scored 195,791 with Ajayi coming a distant third with 69,127.
Below is the result as declared by INEC as regards Ondo election:
Ondo East LG
Akoko North East LG
Akoko South West LG
Akoko North West
Akure North LG
Akoko South East LG
Akure South LG
Ondo West LG
5 Nigerian Politicians That Tested Positive To COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked havock in many countries worldwide, shutting down businesses and more.
Many nations’ economy have suffered huge drops and alot have changed in terms of economic activities.
The pandemic has proven to have no favorites as every social strata can be affected by it. Nigeria is not left out on the list of countries affected.
As at the time of writing this article, Nigeria has about 5,100+ cases of COVID-19. While some Nigerians believe this, some others doubt and have tagged it a politicized virus on Nigeria’s shores.
Following mainstream media reports from March 2020, recall that both politicians and celebraties were affected by this outbreak.
Here in this article are the list of some Nigerian politicians that contracted the deadly coronavirus.
While some recovered fully, one died as numerous reports blamed his previous health challenges.
1. Abba Kyari (1952-2020)
Abba Kyari while alive was the chief of staff to the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Abba Kyari served the nation and while doing that contracted the virus.
He eventually died on the 17th of April 2020 due to the complications caused by the COVID-19 within his system according to reports.
2.Governor Nasir El-rufai
The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai announced that he tested positive to COVID-19 himself .
The governor tested positive to the virus on the 28th March 2020. He has been under going treatments since then.
3.Governor Bala Monhammed
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed tested positive to the dreaded Coronavirus last month. However, Governor Bala after receiving treatments tested negative after being tested on 9th April 2020.
He has since resumed work at the governemnt house and as well encouraged the use of malaria drugs in the fight against the COVID-19.
Raymond Dokpesi the Founder of DAAR Communications earlier tested positive to the Virus alongside other members of his family but fortunately, he tested negative after receiving treatments.
He was declared neagtive on 14th May 2020. He however lamented over the poor Medical infrastructures in Nigeria.
He called upon the Federal Government to look into ways to improve the healthcare systems in the country.
The Edo State House of Assembly speaker Frank Okiye on 25th March 2020 tested positive to the Virus. His status then made the Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki go into self isolation .
However, on 24th April after receiving treatments, the Speaker tested Negative.
The Edo state government in a bid to curb the spread of the Virus decided to set up screening centres all around the state’s borders.