Cuomo, Trump lawyer clash over Russian Federation probe
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 18:47
On both occasions, Sekulow denied that Trump's tweet from last week - "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" - was a confirmation that he is under investigation.
Cuomo again pressed why Trump's legal team can't just pick up the phone and find out definitively if Mueller is investigating the president, but Sekulow demurred.
An attorney for Jared Kushner says she advised the president's son-in-law to review his legal team after her former law partner was appointed as special counsel.
As in Nixon's case, a decision to support an "inquiry of impeachment" resolution in the House-to start an impeachment investigation-doesn't depend on sufficient evidence to convict a person of obstruction of justice, but simply probable cause to believe a president may have obstructed justice.
Two weeks after Trump told Comey privately "I need loyalty".
Cuomo and Sekulow next got into the weeds about the conflict between the White House's contention that Trump fired Comey on the attorney general's recommendation, and the president's own remarks that he was going to fire Comey anyway.
So far, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed only that they are investigating alleged Russian meddling in last year's presidential election and whether or not Trump's presidential campaign had improper contacts with Russian operatives during the election.
However, one notable moment came when Sekulow appeared to reverse course on "Fox News Sunday" by acknowledging to Wallace that Trump is under investigation for firing FBI Director James Comey last month.
This meeting between Mueller and the House leaders came a week after he held a similar meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, Richard Burr and its ranking Democrat Sen.
"The president has confidence of everyone who serves for him in this administration", said Spicer. Comey was among those critics who cited Lynch's June 2016 tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton as a sign the Justice Department was not capable of an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton. However, Sekulow has said that the tweet was the President's response to a media article about the non- existent investigation, a direct critique of the lack of authentic sources for the news that was published. Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which the president allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation.
"But just because you haven't been notified doesn't mean you're not under investigation", Cuomo shot back. He was speaking on Fox News Sunday where specific questions about the alleged investigation were asked of him.