Angus King said he doesn’t understand why President Donald Trump and his attorney general appear uninterested in the issue.
It all stems from the president’s May 12 tweet: “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” He said Trump’s tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post.
Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Trump to deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, made the rounds on Sunday talk shows to cast doubt on media reports citing unnamed sources – and to add nuance to a straightforward claim Trump made on Friday that he was under investigation.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said on Fox that it would be a “disaster” for Trump to fire Mueller or Rosenstein, or to nudge the latter to recuse himself in an effort to slow down the investigation.
“I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth”, Sekulow complained.
The president wrote on Twitter Friday: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!”
“Sekulow says that when people study the 2016 presidential election, they’ll look back at Trump’s communications as the most successful utilization of social media platforms and communication in our lifetime”. “You don’t know whether he’s under investigation or not”. Mueller left his position at the firm to lead the investigation.
A U.S. official who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters on Thursday that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation. The department said last month that under professional responsibility rules, Mueller may participate in matters involving his former firm’s clients as long as he wasn’t involved in representing them and has no confidential information about them.
“After the appointment of our former partner Robert Mueller as special counsel, we advised Mr. Kushner to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us as his counsel”, Gorelick said in a statement Sunday to The Times. Kushner has denied any improper contacts with Russian Federation. The New York Times reported Monday that Corallo’s recent tweets have included praise for Mueller and a suggestion that Vice President Mike Pence should be the Republican nominee in 2020.
“I’m not prepared to say that there’s proof you could take to a jury, but I can say that there is enough that we ought to be investigating”, says California’s Rep. Adam Schiff.
It’s too early to say for sure what legal strategy his team will settle on, especially since the full contours of the probe aren’t known and no public allegations have been leveled by investigators.
“The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt“, Trump tweeted on Sunday.