United States President, Donald Trump, on Tuesday, reiterated that his campaign did not collude with Russia, saying collusion is not a crime.
President Trump commented hours before his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was due to go on trial on tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia.
Writing via his preferred medium, Twitter, the President also criticised Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.
He tweeted, “Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!”
Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election, something commonly referred to as collusion by the media and public officials.
While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller is probing any coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.
The Special Counsel could file conspiracy charges against President Trump if he finds that any campaign member worked with Russia to break U.S. law.
President Trump has staunchly denied that his campaign colluded with Russia to gain victory Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.