Trump lawyer says president not informed he is under investigation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 8:31
Department of Justice-appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting what is generally called a preliminary inquiry into possible obstruction of justice involving President Donald Trump, as it pertains to his broader investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential election. Thereupon, we were treated to heated debates - including an uncharacteristically cringe-inducing one Fox's Chris Wallace conducted with Sekulow - over whether Trump was acknowledging that he is under investigation ... or been told he was under investigation ... or ... something. "The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post". This weekend, it produced some of the more excruciating news coverage in recent memory as one of his lawyers, Jay Sekulow, was tendentiously grilled on the question of whether the president has conceded that he is under investigation.
Already, they've floated the idea that Mueller could be biased because some members of his investigative team have made campaign contributions to Democrats and because Mueller interviewed for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's job after Trump fired Comey.
"I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth", he told Wallace.
"Trump has a compulsion to counter-attack and is very pugnacious".
As part of a wide-ranging inquiry into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia, FBI and congressional investigators are also reportedly looking into why Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov, a Russian banker who is a close confidant to Russian president Vladimir Putin, in December. University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds, who also publishes the popular Instapundit blog, wrote an op-ed for USA Today on Monday arguing that Mueller "has a disqualifying conflict of interest" if he pursues any obstruction investigation against Trump.
The White House has been given until Friday by the House Intelligence Committee to provide an answer as to whether the recordings actually exist.
However, Mr. Comey did say he took the President's "hope" comment as a "directive".
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said on Fox News Sunday that it would be a "disaster" for Trump to fire Mueller or Rosenstein, or to nudge the latter to recuse himself in an effort to slow down the investigation.
"I'm just one lawyer", Sekulow said. "If you were a target, if you were being investigated, you would be told really quickly into the investigation". I don't think it serves him well.
Both Coats and Rogers declined before the Senate intelligence committee earlier this month to answer questions about their conversations with Trump, but both said they had never felt urged by Trump to intervene in the Russian Federation probes.
"I don't believe it's going to happen", he said on CNN's "State of the Union". Angus King, an independent from ME, said "we're 20 percent into" the collusion aspect of the investigation.
"It's not like this White House is averse to making any kind of inquiry about the Russian Federation probe", Cuomo threw in for good measure.