Not so, the White House shot back, as did one of Trump’s attorneys on Fox News Sunday. However, Trump in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt said he chose to fire Comey before reading Rosenstein’s memo. Some other people who know precisely how politicized the legal system has become, and like it that way, will exploit the fact that you are under investigation to stigmatize you.
When Tapper slammed the lawyer, inquiring if Trump firing former FBI Director James Comey even had the potential to raise the level of obstruction of justice, Sekulow said, “The president has the authority as the chief executive to make those kind of decisions”.
“Well, no one’s notified us that he is”, Sekulow replied. Mueller operates with day-to-day independence of Rosenstein, but Rosenstein still oversees how the investigation is funded.
“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’s statement read.
When Trump fired Comey last month just as the investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russian election hacking heated up, rumors soared about whether the president’s firing of the nation’s top law enforcement official rose to obstruction of justice – a claim for which the FBI may or may not be investigation Trump. Comey described the memos in a public testimony on 8 June 2017, his first public appearance since Trump fired him on 9 May 2017.
In a 2005, meanwhile, the Legal Times reported that Sekulow had “via interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, built an empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle”.
Before Trump had tweeted he was under investigation, Mark Carallo, a spokesman for Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz, did not deny the Post report but questioned the legality of the leaking information about the investigation, calling it ” outrageous, inexcusable and illegal”. But they seem prepared to paint Mueller’s investigative team as politically motivated and will likely argue the president didn’t illegally exert pressure on the investigation. The denial comes days after Trump appeared to confirm he is being investigated, sending a tweet complaining that he is the target of a “witch hunt”.
Crowell – a Boston University Law grad who has also served in the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and United States Army Reserve – joins Rosenstein directly from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.
“I think I better wait until I get done with my conversations with Feinstein before I answer that question”, said Grassley, who also wants to review any actions taken by Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch to influence the Clinton email investigation.
Trump tweeted a notice that Sekulow was appearing on the morning show, but then deleted the post. I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December.