President Trump's Lawyer: Not Aware of Any Investigation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 21:14
Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate intelligence committee that Trump pressured him on the Russian Federation investigation and asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Stories on Sekulow and his comments appear in the New York Times, and the Washington Post here, here and here.
"We're in uncharted waters in all kinds of ways", said Robert Ray, who succeeded Ken Starr as independent counsel in the investigation of various Bill Clinton scandals.
"No Chris, I said that the inve-any...let me be crystal clear so you completely understand".
This backs up what we noted in this space on Thursday, that just because Mueller is talking to administration officials who might be involved in a possible investigation doesn't mean there is one.
Sekulow said Trump is savvy on Twitter and reaches over 100 million people whenever he wants to get a message across on social media.
"Sekulow went out yesterday for a significant reason", America's Newsroom anchor Bill Hemmer said on Fox News Monday morning, before asking former Gov. John Sununu to appraise Sekulow's performance.
The deputy attorney general could become a witness if the circumstances of Comey's firing are considered part of an obstruction investigation. If they find none, I'm certain Mueller will forthrightly report that fact - but only after completing a proper investigation, which takes time. But ThePost reported that Coats had told associates Trump had asked him to intervene with Comey when he was still FBI Director, to take the heat off former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and that Trump had asked Coats and Rogers to publicly deny any evidence of collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
Top aides and allies have urged the president to stay off Twitter.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
Those are the prongs of the investigation - that we know of. Meanwhile, the rumors doing the rounds are indicating that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice with respect to the firing.
President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped to its lowest point since the inauguration, and support among his Republican base appears to be slipping. "Mueller's going to do his job".
That follows the line of thinking by Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, who said on a number of Sunday news shows that Trump wasn't under investigation.
Kushner's current attorney said that discussions he had with other lawyers were to seek advice, not to replace his team. "This is not taking up the president of the United States's day".
President Trump requested he write up the letter to support the decision to fire Mr. Comey. "They're essentially engaging in a scorched-earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor".
Trump also reportedly asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to intercede with Comey on the Flynn case, then later asked Coats and National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers to state publicly that Trump was not personally under investigation.
"The man" the President was referring to is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, who authored a scathing critique of the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's handling of the Clinton email case.
Mueller, the FBI director before Comey, has not released any details on the investigation.
It might make more sense to argue that the president didn't do anything wrong or that the investigation is straying far from its original mandate. He says that President Donald Trump, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Democratic lawmakers should not be presuming an outcome. He said it could be done "maybe by the end of the year".
The bipartisan measure, approved 98-2, now awaits action by the House.