Trump Lawyer Sows Confusion About Whether The President Is Under Investigation
By Julia Craven
WASHINGTON ― Jay Sekulow, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, has had a tough news day.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Sekulow said the president has not been directly notified that he is under investigation before seeming to indicate that Trump is a target of a probe stemming from Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.
“Here’s the constitutional threshold question,” Sekulow said to host Chris Wallace, referring to Trump’s firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in early May. “The president takes action based on numerous events, including recommendations from his attorney general and the deputy attorney general’s office. He takes the action that they also recommended and now he’s being investigated by the Department of Justice.”
“He’s being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the termination,” Sekulow said. “So that’s the constitutional threshold question here.”
When Wallace noted that he had said the president is being investigated by the Justice Department, Sekulow quickly backtracked.
“He’s not being investigated!” he exclaimed. “Let me be crystal clear so you completely understand. We have not received nor are we aware of any investigation into the president of the United States.
“You just said it two times he’s being investigated,” Wallace responded.
“No. I just gave you the legal theory of how the Constitution works.”
When Wallace said it seemed Sekulow didn’t know whether Trump is under investigation, the lawyer responded: “You’re right, Chris, I can’t read the mind” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“Okay, well good, we’re in agreement,” Wallace said. “You don’t know whether he’s under investigation or not.”
In an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sekulow sought to clarify the hypothetical legal scenario he presented on the Fox News program.
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