After President Donald Trump posted a cryptic tweet about tapes of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, the words on everyone’s lips at the White House lately are, “Where are the tapes?” The president’s earlier tweet, which appeared to term the investigation as a “witch hunt” was not directly in response to any queries regarding the same put to him, said the attorney.
President Trump now finds himself exactly where he doesnt want to be: under investigation by a dogged, highly respected prosecutor who owes him no personal or political loyalty. Comey has said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes”.
Sekulow defending Trump was nothing new. “Witch Hunt.” Pressed by TV interviewers, Sekulow declared that Trump was not being investigated, then tried to walk that back, at least slightly, saying there had been no such notification. “He’s responding to what he’s seeing in the media in a way in which he thinks is appropriate to talk to those people that put him in office”. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has expansive powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation.
“The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking information to the Washington Post“, he said, referring to the Post’s report this week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election now also includes a look at whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. Mueller operates with day-to-day independence of Rosenstein, but Rosenstein still oversees how the investigation is funded. I didn’t say investigation…
When asked when the Trump administration would release a statement about the recordings, Spicer stated, “So it’s possible that we have an answer to that by the end of this week”.
“Oh boy, this is weird”, Wallace says later in the interview.
The two leaders of the panel have both been frustrated that key witnesses have testified before the Senate intelligence committee – rather than their panel – and both have warned that Comey in particular could face a subpoena if he does not agree to testify before Judiciary.
“I think there’s general agreement”, Feinstein told CNN on Monday.
A case in point is the firing of Comey and Trump’s subsequent admission that he had Russian Federation on his mind when he dismissed the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, an admission that could provide a rationale for an obstruction of justice probe.
Though several Trump associates have hired more conventional attorneys from the elite ranks of Washington-region litigators – son-in-law Jared Kushner has turned to Jamie Gorelick, a former deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, and Vice President Mike Pence has retained veteran Richmond, Virginia, defense lawyer Richard Cullen – the Trump defense team has a decidedly different pedigree.
A full-scale investigation has not yet been launched, although preliminary work is clearly being done, according to sources familiar with the process. Abbe D. Lowell, a prominent trial attorney who represented Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a 2005 corruption scandal and is now representing NJ Sen.