Jay Sekulow: Trump's Actions on Comey Not Obstruction of Justice

20 Juin, 2017, 16:30 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow says the president is not under criminal investigation.

Is President Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice? His tweet about a “WITCH HUNT” conducted by “bad” people is just a Trumpian version of what appears to be the official White House line — that this is somehow a partisan attempt to delegitimize the Trump presidency.

Rubio is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is doing its own probe into Russian election interference.

Whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will continue to have ultimate oversight of the multi-pronged federal investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election is now something of an open question.

Then, in a subsequent interview on "Fox News Sunday", Sekulow sowed further confusion by saying Trump was under investigation - then denied he said anything of the sort.

An attorney with Trump's private legal team, Jay Sekulow, asserted on four Sunday TV talk shows that the president's Friday tweet was not confirmation that he was under investigation. "The president is not a subject or target of investigation." he told CNN's Jake Tapper.

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Sekulow is responding on "Fox and Friends" to a statement that Trump's tweets can make it harder for others to do their job. But Trump has also said he had chose to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo recommended him. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them.

Ultimately, Sekulow conceded there is "no duty" for the investigators to notify the White House if Trump is being investigated "in the sense of an obligation to tell".

Meanwhile, Mr Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner may be getting new legal representation as the investigation heats up.

The attorney on "Meet The Press" Sunday also acknowledged that the president was aware that firing James Comey as FBI director could extend the entire time frame of the investigation into Russian Federation.

Here's what he told Chris Wallace: "That tweet, Chris, was in response to the Washington Post story that alleged that five unnamed sources, anonymous sources, leaked to the Washington Post that the president was, in fact, under investigation".

"I don't believe it's going to happen", said Rubio on CNN's "State of the Union".

"I'm just one lawyer", Sekulow said. Running for president, he took a swipe August 8 at a just-released unemployment number, saying, "This 5 percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in modern American politics". "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" "They're essentially engaging in a scorched-earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor". Rumors have run rampant about such an investigation after James Comey was sacked from his post very suddenly, leading to dramatic series of events which included Comey's testimony.

Trump's tweet was most likely in reference to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose memo he cited as justification for firing Comey, and who had appointed Mueller as special counsel. He says there should at least be tapes of any telephone conversations between the president and Comey.

Senator Angus K of ME said, "A lot of people have asked, when will we be done?"

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