Trump decries 'witch hunt,' lawyer insists no probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 15:04
On Sunday, Trump's attorney insisted that this is not the case, and that the President was merely reacting to a Washington Post story that first reported about an investigation for obstruction of justice.
"We've received no notice of investigation".
But I'm a bit mystified that the president would have one of his lawyers get into an endless back-and-forth over whether he is officially under investigation. "Thank God I don't need you right now Jay Sekulow". The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes - even if it puts him at odds with his legal team.
"He takes the action that [the Attorney General's office] recommended and now he's being investigated by the Department of Justice.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 terminations." starts Sekulow.
Attorney Jay Sekulow appeared on several news programs Sunday and Monday to say Trump is not under federal investigation. "No, he's not being investigated!"
The obstruction-of-justice investigation of the president began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter.
On Sunday, Trump again referred to the probe, but dismissed it.
That's what palace informers are leaking this week - Trump is said to be "yelling at television sets in the White House over the Mueller probe reportage, fuming at the same man who advised him to fire Comey, annoyed that his big anti-Obama legislative agenda has been backburnered by the Russian Federation investigations and is troubled enough to have appointed yet another outside lawyer to douse the fires licking the main door of the White House". But Trump has also said he had chose to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo recommended him. It bears repeating that there are multiple, ongoing investigations, in Congress, in the media, in law enforcement, and in intelligence circles, related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and President Trump has taken no official action to impede any of them.
The President and his allies have declared open season on Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the probe. Marco Rubio said, "I have no basis on which to make a decision on what his intent is", but added that the tweets "in no way" will impede the work of the investigation.
The two leaders of the panel have both been frustrated that key witnesses have testified before the Senate intelligence committee - rather than their panel - and both have warned that Comey in particular could face a subpoena if he does not agree to testify before Judiciary. "The FBI's going to do their job". If special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction, Turley says, "Rosenstein should immediately recuse himself".
What has Trump himself said?
"Here's what you're trying to do, Chris", Sekulow said.
The current week is politically tense too - a crucial Congressional election in the United States after Trump took over in January happens this week and in a traditionally Republican seat and it's now too close to call.
Trump's tweet seemed to suggest Trump had recorded those conversations, though he refused to elaborate in a Fox News Channel interview days later. Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week" and King spoke on NBC.