On NBC News’ “Meet the Press“, Sekulow claimed Trump was not under investigation for obstruction of justice, despite a Washington Post report to the contrary and a tweet from the President that appeared to confirm the report.
In a manner that would probably please his boss, Sekulow twice made mention of television ratings when comparing the reach of a cable network with President Trump’s reach on social media.
Sekulow: “He’s not afraid of the investigation”. If, in fact, it was correct that the president was being investigated, he would be investigating for taking action that an agency told him to take. “You just told us that you didn’t know”. Trump was thought to be referencing his termination of James Comey, who was leading the Russian Federation investigation but was let go last month, ostensibly at the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Wallace’s reaction was, basically: Sorry, what?
Sekulow responded by saying the president hasn’t said anything about the deputy AG while stating that POTUS is now being investigated by the Department of Justice, leading to a contentious back-and-forth as Wallace pointed out Sekulow just stated the president is under investigation.
Sekulow: No, he’s not being investigated!
“Let me be clear here”, Sekulow said at one point this weekend, according to the Hill.
“He is very effective in the courtroom and a very effective advocate with the public”, said Barry Lynd, the lawyer and pastor who leads Americans United for Separation of Church and State and has debated Sekulow more than 100 times in media appearances and on college campuses. “So that’s the constitutional threshold question here”, Sekulow said. “It’s that simple. The president is not under investigation”. In 1987, Sekulow argued his first Supreme Court case when he represented Jews for Jesus and helped defeat a measure banning the distribution of religious literature at Los Angeles International Airport.
Things continued to go down hill from there. That story today is featured on a Human Rights Campaign webpage calling out Sekulow for his comments on homosexuality and other hot-button issues. “When thinking of the kind of lawyers Trump should seek for this crisis, Sekulow’s name wouldn’t come to mind – not because he’s ridiculous, because he’s not that kind of attorney”.
“A lot of you have been asking to have a voice on this”, he said.
Exasperated, Wallace replied, “Actually, what I’m trying to get is a straight answer out of you”.