Attorney: Trump Not Under Investigation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 9:11
But the sense of chaos around the White House is deepening.
A member of the president's outside legal team says Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a "witch hunt". "#MAGA", Trump tweeted on June 15. "That's it. Simple explanation", Sekulow told CNN's "State of the Union".
"You don't mess with the criminal justice system in this way ... the President is on very tenuous ground here", Ben-Veniste told CNN's Don Lemon Friday. "These people are picking up the phone, they're calling them who want to destroy the president".
At worst, it could force the nation to confront a third debate on whether to remove an elected President in just 45 years.
Back in the present, the President's mood is fueling the sense of crisis.
Mr. Trump, in a most revealing interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, had earlier said he had the handling of "the Russian thing" in mind when he decided on his own to fire Mr. Comey. "I don't think that's a mystery".
What has Trump himself said?
"It would be a particularly unfortunate result for the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General to both recuse themselves, after the FBI Director was sacked, leaving the investigation to be run by the Associate Attorney General-who is a political appointee but more importantly has never been a prosecutor", Ray said. As Trump still struggles to acknowledge, the US intelligence community is fully convinced that Russian Federation carried out an attack on our democracy.
In what seems an unconvincing explanation at best, defense attorney Jay Sekulow chose to defend his President by categorically denying that there was any investigation being carried out against him.
"As I said all weekend, there has been no notification to any of us that the president is under any investigation and as I said, James Comey has said on three separate occasions that the president is not under investigation". According to Sekulow, the president's tweet should not be taken as confirmation he's under investigation. "No", Sekulow said, "The context of the tweet, I just gave you the legal theory, Chris, of how the Constitution works".
"It was 141 characters".
Since Comey's firing is one of the main reasons for the talk about obstruction, he would end up as a key figure in such an investigation.
The source familiar with the Mueller probe told Reuters that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation.
To indicate that a full scale investigation has been launched, all eyes will be on Rosenstein's actions, as well as evidence of a grand jury subpoenaing key White House aides with a focus on Trump.
"Comey talking about whether or not the president is under investigation has nothing to do with dealing with now with Mueller, who, common sense, if nothing else, is looking at whether the circumstances surrounding the firing of Comey", Cuomo said.