For almost a year now, political pundits, Trump lawyers, and Americans from every walk of life have been trying to pinpoint how much longer Robert Mueller and the Special Counsel's office would take before issuing a final report on possible crimes committed by the Trump campaign.
Judge Kavanaugh, whom Mr. Trump tapped to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, wrote a law review article in 2009 in which he said that sitting presidents should be exempt from time-consuming investigations and litigation that distract from national security issues and poorly serve the public interest. The strategy may be the latest in Trump's efforts to strip legitimacy from the Mueller probe, which he has long denounced as a "witch hunt".
"It's just flat-out untrue", Mr Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, said on "Fox News Sunday" about the claims. She noted that Giuliani and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have begun defending the idea that Trump might have known about or even encouraged the meeting.
Critics saw Giuliani's statements as indicative that the president's defense against accusations of working with Russian contacts to help him win the election is rapidly unraveling.
Giuliani also addressed audio recordings made by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen explaining only one has Trump on it, and that was revealed last week. You start analyzing the crime - the hacking is the crime.
Russian Federation has denied the finding of USA intelligence agencies a year ago that it interfered to sway the election to Trump.
"In several interviews on Monday, Giuliani asserted that collusion is not a crime".
Mueller is investigating whether Trump campaign officials worked with Moscow to try to sway the 2016 US presidential election, something commonly referred to as collusion by the media and public officials.
Bloomberg Opinion editor Timothy L. O'Brien slammed Giuliani's veiled attack on Mueller, for which he offered no evidence, as "McCarthyite".
"The judge is not sympathetic to this prosecution", he said. He also faces charges of witness tampering.
Should Manafort be convicted, the investigation by Mr Mueller could gain some momentum.