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Team Trump looks for nuance in the words 'under investigation'

20 June 2017, 09:50 | Justin Tyler

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Jay Sekulow, President Trump's unlikely lawyer

What we know is what James Comey said, the last thing we know is when he testified just a couple weeks back.

In a Rose Garden news conference following Comey's testimony, Trump said that an announcement on the tapes would be coming soon, but coyly added that it would likely leave the media "very disappointed". In this case, from everything Comey said in his testimony and everything the Post reported, we can believe Trump and not his hired gun: The president of the United States is under criminal investigation for possible obstruction of justice. President Donald Trump, whose combative instincts are to lash out and not retreat, has given his legal team a clear direction: fight, fight, fight.

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. He said Trump's statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

Almost a month after President Donald Trump's maiden trip to the Middle East as the USA commander-in-chief, Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser, will travel to the region this week to try reach a peace deal between Israel and Palestinian people, a report said Sunday citing a White House official. Trump has apparently already been talked out of firing Mueller once, but if the president changes his mind and tries to remove the special counsel, he'll create an immediate and dire political crisis from which he'd be lucky to emerge. I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn's departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls.

Marines open the door of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 19, 2017, in preparation of the arrival of Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela to meet with President Donald Trump.


Jay Sekulow, who joined Trump's team this month, is chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, a far-right legal group founded by no less than Pat Robertson and based at Robertson's Regent University in Virginia. The reasons behind Trump's annoyance with the special counsel investigation are entirely political: He's hypersensitive to questions surrounding his legitimacy, he chafes at the idea that his authority could be questioned, and he mocks the entire Russian Federation investigation as Democratic sour grapes.

"It looks like we have got a simmering tea kettle here, and the President seems to be testing the waters about whether he ought to go ahead and fire Robert Mueller", said Richard Ben-Veniste, former Watergate prosecutor.

His actions are being scrutinised as part of a wider investigation into whether Trump's team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's election campaign. I don't think it serves him well. What journalists focused on like a laser on was the first four words of the president's tweet: "I am being investigated".

"If the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he's in for a rude awakening", Sen.

"The president wants to take down Bob Mueller ... and the question is why". 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. The lessons of history suggest such traumas raise questions of political legitimacy and constitutional process that have the potential to sour life in Washington for years in the future.



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