Trump lawyer says president isn't under investigation, despite tweets

Herbert Rhodes
June 21, 2017

"I think the president is going to address that in the week ahead", Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow said yesterday on CBS' "Face the Nation".

In context, Sekulow seemed to argue that Comey, in his capacity as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, should've considered his conversations with the president to be privileged - which is to say, confidential information, not to be shared, between a lawyer and that lawyer's client.

Trump's tweet was most likely in reference to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose memo he cited as justification for firing Comey, and who had appointed Mueller as special counsel.

The assurances from Comey that the President wasn't under investigation were apparently no longer applicable, according to the Post report. "The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction".

In a statement, Jamie Gorelick said she told Kushner to get "independent advice of a lawyer" on whether to "continue with us" after Robert Mueller was tapped to lead an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Except ... Trump has now deleted that tweet.

Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow said that a Friday tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

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Here's what he told Chris Wallace: "That tweet, Chris, was in response to the Washington Post story that alleged that five unnamed sources, anonymous sources, leaked to the Washington Post that the president was, in fact, under investigation".

The obstruction-of-justice investigation of the president began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. He repeatedly insisted the president is not being investigated and Friday's tweet was meant to paraphrase media accounts.

Sources close to Kushner told the New York Times that the Presidential adviser has spoken to at least one renowned trial lawyer, who may replace or work alongside Ms Gorelick. I don't think it serves him well.

"I can not read the mind of the special prosecutor", he said. Donald Trump's lawyer is still falsely arguing that the DOJ doesn't have the right to investigate the President, if that gives you a sense of what he's bringing to the table for President Trump. So technically, Trump is correct: The man who wrote the memo endorsing Comey's removal has authorized an investigation that is reportedly probing whether that removal somehow constituted a felony.

The claim came within days of Mr Trump appearing to confirm he was the subject of an inquiry with a tweet about being the target of a "witch hunt".

With Twitter, "the president has an ability to communicate with a broad sloth of people of 107 million", said Sekulow. Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which the president allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation.

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