Trump’s Lawyer, Jake Sekulow: Trump’s Not Under Investigation Even Though He Says He is
Nice try. I guess this is all he is left with as Trump keeps defiantly tweeting about all things Russia and Mueller:
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) June 18, 2017
It’s a nice try-based on what he has to work with-but this won’t get him anywhere in court. Trump’s public statements are his public statements, that they’re on Twitter doesn’t make any difference.
Sean Spicer and Huckabee Sanders have tried the same thing-‘The President never said that, he just tweeted it.’
Trump is so defiant but the only people he’s actually defying are his staff and legal team.
“Trump lawyer: President ‘not under investigation’ — no matter what Trump tweets.”
“President Donald Trump is not under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, a member of his legal team said repeatedly Sunday morning.”
“The president is not under investigation by the special counsel,” Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on NBC.
“The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources that were purportedly leaking information to The Washington Post about a potential investigation of the president,” Sekulow said. “But the president, as James Comey said in his testimony and as we know as of today, the president has not been and is not under investigation.”
“He’s not afraid of the investigation. There is no investigation,” Sekulow added.
“In his discussion with Tapper, Sekulow repeatedly stated that Trump’s tweet was a response to a Washington Post article in the tight confines of a Twitter post — and that the Post report was of a dubious nature because of the use of anonymous sources.”
On “Fox News Sunday,” Sekulow made the same basic points but also got testy with Wallace, the host.
“I do not appreciate,” Sekulow said, “you putting words in my mouth, when I’ve been crystal clear that the president is not and has not been under investigation.”
Got that? Clear as mud. It’s got to be frustrating for Sekulow with Trump continuing to put out all this prima facie evidence. Remember how his Muslim ban lost in court based on what Trump himself said on the campaign.
UPDATE: As David Corn pointed out on Joy Reid this morning, how does Mueller know for a fact Trump’s not under investigation anyway?
Trump’s words have the same standing whatever the medium. Which is why Sekulow no doubt which he’d stop tweeting about it.
It’s also why Herr Trump has had such a hard time finding top legal help in Washington DC. He’s stuck with his NY flunkies-Mark Kasowitz, Michael Cohen-who themselves now need lawyers, etc.
Trump does have a new lawyer though, John Dowd. He sounds nice:
“Donald Trump has hired attorney John Dowd, who once represented insider trading defendant Raj Rajaratnam. The United States Attorney prosecuting Rajaratnam just happened to be Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired without cause or explanation earlier this year. At one point during the Rajaratnam trial, Dowd seemed to sense that things weren’t going well for his side, and he sent an email to a journalist which accused him of “whoring” on Bharara’s behalf (link). And then after Bharara won that case on all counts, Dowd obscenely took out his frustrations on a camera man.”
“For his part, Preet Bharara has posted both of the above items about John Dowd to his own official Twitter account, stating “This is how new Trump lawyer John Dowd behaved when his client was convicted on all counts. Worth a look.” Meanwhile Trump’s other recently hired attorney Mark Kasowitz is pushing ethics boundaries by giving White House staffers the bad advice not to hire their own attorneys to represent them in the scandal (link). And Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen just hired an attorney of his own to represent him in the scandal. Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues to tweet the kind of self incriminating things that no attorney can protect him from.”
Keep on being you, Mr. Trump. Don’t ever change. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do. They never won your record electoral college victory.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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