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Legal Analyst Says Giuliani Basically Admitted Trump's Campaign Broke the Law by Taking 'Gift' from Russians

"It isn’t illegal... It was sort of like a gift,” the president's lawyer said. But experts question the first part.

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has the odd habit of seeming to implicate his own client in serious crimes.

This habit was evident when he first appeared on Fox News representing the president when he said Trump "funneled" an undisclosed hush money payment through his law firm. But as lawyer Steven Brill explained Wednesday on MSNBC, he appears to have just implicated the Trump campaign in a potentially more perilous case of Russian collusion.

Discussing Trump's use of stolen e-mails against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 with HuffPost, Giuliani insisted that this didn't constitute "colluding" with the Russians, before changing his tactic. 

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“OK, and if it is, it isn’t illegal... It was sort of like a gift,” he told the outlet. “And you’re not involved in the illegality of getting it.”

Brill pointed out on "The Beat" with host Ari Melber that, in fact, this seems to be a damning admission. 

"He's basically admitting that they took something of value from a foreign entity," Brill said. "That's what the law says you can't do."

Indeed, campaign finance law says very clearly: "No person shall knowingly solicit, accept, or receive from a foreign national any contribution or donation" which includes a "donation of money or other thing of value." Calling the stolen emails a "gift" seems to make it very clear that it fits this definition.

Watch the clip below: 

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.