Trump's lawyer: Ignore his tweets, the President is not under investigation

"The president is not a subject or target of investigation", said Trump legal team member, Jay Sekulow, in an interview. He made similar comments in three other TV appearances last Sunday.

As evidence, Mr Sekulow said Mr Trump has not been notified of any investigation.

"And now according to The Washington Post theory, he's under investigation for taking the action that the Department of Justice told him to take. there's nothing to investigate. The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post".

Those are the prongs of the investigation — that we know of. There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation.

During his Sunday talk show appearances, Sekulow previewed Trump's defense against obstruction claims. And that mild statement, vigorously denied by Trump himself, and uncorroborated by any third party, is apparently most of what a charge of obstruction would be based on - that, plus the fact that Trump fired Comey. Of course, as the professor points out, Rosenstein's recusal is not terribly pressing, since the appointment of a special counsel removed him from the investigation anyway. "The tape will speak for itself; you said he is being investigated". "No, he's not being investigated!"

Himes says it's important for the committee to conduct its investigation right rather than quickly.

The tweet prompted repeated demands from the congressional committees investigating any possible collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, and the process by which he fired Comey, for him to hand over any tapes that exist.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

He tried to muddy the narrative about Comey's firing by reviving the original White House rationale that Trump acted on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Sekulow also advanced a White House effort to devalue Comey's testimony. 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. "I think you're reading more into the tweet than what's there". Senator Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Mr Trump to seek to fire them. "The FBI is going to its job; Mueller is going to do his job".

Like many Trump problems, this one was caused by a Trump tweet. Absolutely none of it corroborates the central claim of Trump haters: that Trump, or anyone close to Trump, conspired with the Russians to hack the DNC or John Podesta, subvert the election, or otherwise act against the interests of the United States. Running for president, he took a swipe August 8 at a just-released unemployment number, saying, "This 5 percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in modern American politics". But Trump has also said he had chose to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo recommended him.

"It looks like we have got a simmering tea kettle here, and the President seems to be testing the waters about whether he ought to go ahead and fire Robert Mueller", said Richard Ben-Veniste, a former Watergate prosecutor who is now a CNN legal analyst. I don't think that tweet helped him, but it's who he's been his whole life. But Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen.

"I didn't rephrase it", Wallace said. Since the memos will undoubtedly play an important part of Mueller's investigation, it's not surprising that they don't want to turn them over.

Spicer said he would "probably" have an answer "by the end of this week".

  • Leroy Wright