Trump to make announcement on any Comey tapes this week: White House
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 17:39
The president fired Comey in May and then tweeted that the lawman, who was overseeing the investigation into possible contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian officials, "better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press".
"The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump's conduct marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin".
Conway on Monday told Fox & Friends that nobody has told Trump that he's under investigation, and instead, Trump's tweet last week was a response to "a Washington Post report that included five anonymous sources".
Himes says the notion the investigation has been going on too long "is just crazy" and "we're talking about the very core of our democracy here". "In fact, to the contrary", Sekulow said on CBS's Face the Nation.
Law enforcement sources have told CNN that the special counsel is gathering information and considering whether there is evidence to launch a full scale obstruction investigation.
"You know it exists", Cuomo said.
Given the severity of the president's crisis, Trump needs good attorneys who'll give him sound advice. "I can not read the mind of the special prosecutor", Sekulow said. "No, he's not being investigated!"
That, apparently, is where we are in the constant debate about President Trump, Robert Mueller and the prosecutorial machinery clanking into action.
The president suggested on Twitter that he may have taped those conversations.
A U.S. official last week confirmed that Rosenstein has told colleagues he may have to recuse himself from the inquiry because he'd criticized Comey in a memo before Trump fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.
In his Senate testimony last week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein indicated the only person who can fire a special counsel is the attorney general, or deputy attorney general if the attorney general had recused him or herself.
"That response on social media was in response to the Washington Post piece - it's that simple", Sekulow replied. But Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Stories on Sekulow and his comments appear in the New York Times, and the Washington Post here, here and here.
The attorney, Jay Sekulow, appeared on several Sunday news programs to counter the impression that Trump has acknowledged he's become a target of the expanding Russian Federation probe.
Sekulow downplayed Trump's tweets, saying the president is simply responding to what he sees in the media in a way that can reach millions of his supporters.
Some of Sekulow's exchanges with Wallace were tense and confusing, leading Wallace to say, "Oh boy, this is weird".
But I'm a bit mystified that the president would have one of his lawyers get into an endless back-and-forth over whether he is officially under investigation. Americans don't want to hear that answers to relevant questions are privileged or off limits. "They're essentially engaging in a scorched-earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor".
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. Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. He added: "A lot of people have said, 'When do you think you'll be done?' Maybe the end of the year".
Any kind of alleged effort to interfere in an investigation could potentially lead to an obstruction of justice investigation targeting the president and his aides.