Trump's personal attorney says president not under any investigation
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 9:43
Comey told lawmakers earlier this month that Trump in recent months had asked for his personal loyalty, urged him to drop the investigation of the contacts the president's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had with Russia's ambassador to Washington, and to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation, none of which he acceded to.
On "Fox News Sunday", Sekulow said that he was certain the president was not under investigation because he had received no notification or other indication that he was. Or perhaps it's better to say, Trump's lawyers (or his TV lawyer, legal activist Jay Sekulow) are having this discussion since no one else seems to have any question that he is. "We've had no indication of that". But now Trump is under investigation-for firing Comey. "The president is not and has not been under investigation".
"He's being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the termination", Sekulow said.
Sekulow said that Trump, in his tweet, was reacting to a story in the Washington Post that was the first to report Mueller was examining whether Trump had tried to obstruct the probe by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May.
He then insisted that "being investigated by the same department" which told him to remove Comey is "not constitutional". The president fired back over Twitter and at a news conference, claiming that some of the things Comey said weren't true. "The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources that were purportedly leaking information to The Washington Post about a potential investigation of the president". At the same time, respondents said they were confident (62 percent) that special counsel Robert Mueller would conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the matter for the Justice Department. The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said Friday that Congress would come together and "begin impeachment proceedings" against President Trump if he fired special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump himself has labeled the entire Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt" and any media coverage of the growing scandal "fake news". The president also sent a tweet on Friday that explicitly stated he was aware that he is under investigation.
'Nothing has changed since Comey said the president is not a target'.
"I'd say we're 20 percent into it, just to throw a number at it", King said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
Trump has denied making these comments, which Comey said he documented in contemporaneous memos.
"You've now said he is being investigated after saying [he isn't]", Wallace said.
Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, accused Trump and his allies of seeking to undermine Mueller's inquiry, setting a pretext for potentially firing those leading it. Trump has reportedly told friends that he considered firing Mueller, and the president's tweet Friday appeared aimed at Rosenstein, raising questions about whether he might fire him, too.
He noted in another tweet, that the "new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating".
"It was 141 characters". "And the president [has] a very effective utilization of social media".