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

On Sunday, however, a member of his legal team, Jay Sekulow, largely denied that, sparking a tense exchange with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.

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.

Sekulow had his first case with the Supreme Court in 1987, when he defended the religious group Jews for Jesus for having the right to give out religious material in the airport.

Trump tweeted a notice that Sekulow was appearing on the morning show, but then deleted the post. Meanwhile, the rumors doing the rounds are indicating that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice with respect to the firing. "I know you have good ratings, but it reaches a lot of people". Although the White House initially said Rosenstein's memo led Trump to fire Comey, the president later said in a television interview that he did so because of the Russian Federation investigation.

"Why don't you just pick up the phone and call Bob Mueller and ask whether or not your client has any role in their investigation?" 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.

Trump insists his campaign had nothing to do with Russian efforts to undermine credibility in the USA election.

"Number two, the actions the president took regarding the removal of James Comey from office after consultation with others in a deliberative process, is what presidents do, is not based on which an obstruction case could be based constitutionally".

Over the weekend, Sekulow declared that Trump is not under investigation, after the president condemned the investigation as a "witch hunt" through a series of tweets.

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.

"We had a productive meeting with Special Counsel (Robert) Mueller this afternoon to deconflict our concurrent investigations, and look forward to continuing our dialogue with him as both investigations progress", Reps. Angus King, an independent from ME, said "we're 20 percent into" the collusion aspect of the investigation. "I don't think it serves him well", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter, on ABC's "This Week", adding that the President was right to be infuriated by "this whole Russian Federation baloney".

Sekulow then covered his tracks saying his statement was in regards to if there was an investigation, that it would not be constitutional, and then continued with his stance that there is no investigation.

Rep. Adam Schiff says he wants the White House to acknowledge the tapes or make clear there are no tapes and "it was an idle threat".

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