Trump Won’t Answer Any More Questions From Mueller In Russia Investigation: Giuliani

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"We have a memo from a number of campaign finance experts that paying what they call hush money, since it has a personal objective, is not considered a campaign contribution", Giuliani said.

"A national security threat", he repeated for emphasis.

Mueller's final report can be finished within months and Giuliani is hoping he can use executive privilege to get his hands on it before the public.

The grand jury empaneled by the special counsel has been extended for another six months, however, signaling that the probe may continue beyond the winter.

Read the entire New York Times report here.

So far, five key advisors to Donald Trump have been found guilty of crimes after being charged in the special counsel investigation.

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"Our collective understanding, the public's understanding of the Trump investigation [and] the Mueller investigation of Trump, has been focused to the past year and a half on the question of criminal obstruction", NYT reporter Michael Schmidt explained to MSNBC's Chris Hayes after the report was published.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Thursday that Cohen will testify before that panel february 7, a little more than a month after the Democrats took the House majority.

Now, Trump said Thursday before he left for Texas that he "didn't know anything about" Manafort's dealing with Kilimnik - or the fact that his campaign chairman shared polling data with the Russian.

But here's what President Donald Trump could say, roughly, before this week: There was never a whiff of collusion between the Russians and any serious person in my campaign. You can give it to anyone. And this is the investigation they opened after Comey was sacked. Now the conversation is about what Manafort did WHILE he was serving as the top official of Trump's campaign.

"This shows that Bob Mueller can demonstrate to a court, without the testimony of Paul Manafort, that the campaign had a connection to Russian intelligence and the connection involved information going from the campaign to the Russians", Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Wednesday.

"The question is, was this in return for a promise of something from the Russians, and did the candidate, now the president, know about it?" he asked, before adding that it "would be "a conspiracy" even if the Trump campaign never received anything of value from the Russians.

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