Sekulow noted that “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace had pushed him hard on whether Trump is under investigation, “and his first question is have you been notified of an investigation, and the answer, as I said, is no”. The Washington Post says he is, and their evidence seems pretty strong.
“He takes the action that [the Attorney General’s office] recommended and now he’s being investigated by the Department of Justice”, Sekulow said of Trump.
Insiders are anxious about links between Jared Kushner’s current lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
“Witch hunt” has become Trump’s preferred phrase to dismiss the probe into Russian election interference. The Trump administration used a memo written by Rosenstein to justify Comey’s firing, an act that Trump says is now under investigation. Comey was leading the investigation into whether the Trump 2016 Presidential campaign cooperate with Russian officials and Russia carried out a computer hacking operation created to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.
Former US attorney Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired in March after Bharara refused to resign along with a raft of other Obama-era Justice Department attorneys, slammed Trump’s choice to pick the attorney for his team.
By Comey’s account, the president leaned on him to back off the FBI’s investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and fired him three months later as a way to alter the course of a broader probe into potential coordination between Russian Federation and associates of the Trump campaign. He maintained that the president’s actions won’t prevent any of the investigations from proceeding, and that getting to the bottom of what happened would benefit all involved, including Trump. “There is no investigation”, he added.
And Senate intelligence committee member Sen. Mueller was rumored to be up for the job of Comey’s replacement (he was also his predecessor). “They’re essentially engaging in a scorched-earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor”.
The source familiar with the Mueller probe told Reuters that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday in a statement.
Coats and Rogers both declined to discuss private conversations with Trump during congressional testimony earlier this month. It also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos. But, more to the point, the fact that Sekulow is going here – again – means scrutiny will intensify on the meeting that Trump held with Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions just before firing Comey.
Mainstream press analysis mostly sneered that the president’s response is a sign of nervousness of what may be about to come out of the investigation. Trump pleaded this case publicly, but few in the media believed him – until Comey confirmed it under oath this month, exploding a CNN “scoop” in the process.
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Comey made the existence of this investigation public in a March hearing before the House intelligence committee.
Martha Raddatz, hosting ABC’s “This Week”, told Schiff: “You said recently you thought there was evidence of collusion. This is a very complex matter involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents and lots of witnesses”. “There’s a lot of information yet to go”.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son and Barron Trump, walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David in Maryland.