In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation
Jun 21 2017 by Lorena Waters
Trump, meanwhile, has dismissed investigations into the meddling and potential collusion with his campaign associates as a "witch hunt".
On Sunday, Jay Sekulow became a well-known name when he went on TV to talk about reports of President Trump being under investigation by the Justice Department for firing FBI director James Comey after Trump tweeted Friday that he was.
In a paid "Sponsored" post that Trump has published on Facebook, he is asking for help from his supporters in order to fight a so-called "Witch Hunt".
Trump had posted earlier in the morning that Sekulow would be appearing on the Fox program, but the tweet was later removed.
Can we all stipulate that no one ever wants to be the subject of an investigation? In fact, to the contrary.
"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation", Sekulow said, adding, "there is not an investigation of the President of the United States, period". In that role, Mueller is not independent - he answers to Rosenstein (because Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, is recused). "The tape will speak for itself; you said he is being investigated". "No, he's not being investigated!" "If you were a target, if you were being investigated, you would be told really quickly into the investigation". Basically, it seems like the entire reasoning behind saying Trump isn't under investigation is that Trump hasn't been told by anybody that he is.
On Twitter again Sunday, Trump said, "The Make America Great Again agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the witch hunt".
People familiar with the matter said that Kushner's confidants were specifically scoping out courtroom litigators. That's all we know.
In any case, that's it. Mueller is interviewing some people about Trump's firing of James Comey, but Trump has not been notified that he's under investigation.
Rubio says: "If it involved working with Americans, whether wittingly or unwittingly, that needs to be part of" the investigation. The interviews suggest that Mueller sees the question of attempted obstruction of justice as more than just a "he said, he said" dispute between the president and the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, an official said. "Mueller's going to do his job".
Left-leaning Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz agreed with President Donald Trump when he said the Comey investigation is a partisan issue, according to his comments Monday evening on "Tucker Carlson Tonight".
The former House speaker, discussing the "pugnacious" president on ABC's "This Week", said that Trump's attack instincts don't "serve him well".
Jay Sekulow, personal lawyer for Donald Trump.
"It will be in the history books", Sekulow said.
A host of committees are seeking Comey's written memos of his private conversations with Trump, but none have yet to obtain them. Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and is helping to lead that branch of the Russian Federation investigation.
But when it comes to trying to "get away with anything", is Mueller the culprit, or President Trump himself? Senator Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Mr Trump to seek to fire them.
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. Robert Mueller, right, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 19, 2013.
But Sekulow was insistent that he didn't just say what he just said.
Sessions vehemently denied any claims of collusion or improper meetings when he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own Russian Federation investigation. Angus King, an independent from ME, said "we're 20 percent into" the collusion aspect of the investigation. Maybe the end of the year.
The Latest on the investigation into Russia's actions in the 2016 elections.
"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.