Trump attorney: President not 'under investigation for obstruction'

Jeff Sessions témoigne au Sénat le 13 juin 2017 à WashingtonSAUL LOEB

Cuomo again pressed why Trump's legal team can't just pick up the phone and find out definitively if Mueller is investigating the president, but Sekulow demurred.

"The president has shown that he tends to be, shall we say, plain-spoken and forthright", said Bill Otis, special White House counsel to former President George H.W. Bush.

Jay Sekulow, Trump's latest member of the legal team, said on CBS's Face the Nation that the 45th President of the United States of America "has not been and is not" under any investigation whatsoever.

Consider Trump's response to James Comey's dramatic Senate testimony.

The Post on Wednesday reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election now includes looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

"The man" the President was referring to is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, who authored a scathing critique of the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's handling of the Clinton email case.

"And now according to The Washington Post theory, he's under investigation for taking the action that the Department of Justice told him to take. there's nothing to investigate".

But Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. repeatedly calling the probe a 'witch hunt'. Comey has since said he suspects the circumstances of his firing will be scrutinized by Mueller, putting pressure on Trump's supporters to deny any illegal intent - critical to an obstruction of justice case.

Even so, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said in a June 6 news conference that Trump's tweets should be considered "official statements".

In 2005, the Legal Times wrote that he used the ACLJ and other nonprofit groups to build "a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle - complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia".

Gorelick is a partner at the WilmerHale law firm. This still needs to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and signed off by the president, but momentum seems to be on the side of new sanctions.

The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen. And I repeat, I believe that is the best thing that can happen for the president and for this administration, is for everything to come out. James Comey, who made it plain that he disliked President Trump from the beginning, kept notes allegedly based on his meetings with Trump. To hear Sekulow tell it, if the president speaks to anyone who's passed a bar exam, that person should "respect the attorney-client privilege" and never divulge the contents of that conversation. Trump has publicly denied asking Comey for his loyalty; Comey's sworn testimony also directly contradicts Trump on this point. While Mueller is ultimately accountable to Rosenstein and must run requests for resources and significant moves, like convening a grand jury or filing criminal charges, past him, Rosenstein is largely divorced from the day-to-day proceedings of the investigation.

"That signifies this president knew all too well that it was inappropriate", Schiff said.

The FBI "doesn't sit around all day and read tweets", said Rubio, a Republican from Florida who's a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

And Senate Intelligence Committee member Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. King said the "collusion, the cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over".

Senator Angus K of ME said, "A lot of people have asked, when will we be done?" This is a very complex matter, involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents, lots of witnesses. Would you confidently go ahead and try to buy the house, brushing aside the information you'd received?

While aides have advised Mr Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he spent the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.

TRUMP: When Trump wants to say more on a subject than one tweet's 140-character content limit allows, he simply does what other Twitter users do: He writes more tweets about it.



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