Thursday, 20 July, 2017

Trump lawyer defends his use of social media

White House press secretary Sean Spicer arrives for a briefing at the White House Tuesday White House press secretary Sean Spicer arrives for a briefing at the White House Tuesday
Connie Andrews | 22 June, 2017, 07:29

President Trump's Twitter account was a hot topic on cable news morning shows Monday, as MSNBC's "Morning Joe" spent a segment ranking the president's most "self-destructive" tweets.

Sekulow explained the president's tweet that appeared to acknowledge he was under investigation from the special counsel.

The meeting was meant to make sure that investigations into the Russian meddling in the US presidential race don't conflict, lawmakers said in a statement after the meeting.

Sekulow defending Trump was nothing new.

Some of Sekulow's exchanges with Wallace were tense and confusing, leading Wallace to say, "Oh boy, this is weird". The New York Times also reported that Mueller was seeking interviews with Coats, Rodgers and Ledgett, although the report only described these interviews as an "indication" that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice.

In a story published Thursday, five individuals familiar with the matter told the Post that Mueller's investigation had expanded to include an inquiry into Trump for possible obstruction of justice - a move that came days after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

Whether or not Mueller finds these reports to be valid will be hugely relevant to any finding of obstruction.

Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley said the testimony in the hearing "actually helped Trump and his legal case", adding that even if we accept his version of events he "did not describe a crime or an impeachable offense".

Other presidents have managed to compartmentalize investigations and go about the business of governing, but Trump seems consumed by the Mueller probe. "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 terminations".

Mueller was tasked with overseeing the investigation in May.

Asked on NBC whether Trump's social-media commentary may be created to intimidate Rosenstein or Mueller, Sen. Portions of that conversation were leaked to The Washington Post, and that generated interest in the relationship, if any, of the Trump campaign and transition team to the Russian government.

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.

"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. Of course, as the professor points out, Rosenstein's recusal is not terribly pressing, since the appointment of a special counsel removed him from the investigation anyway. "That's the constitutional threshold question here". Fox News anchor Chris Wallace seized on a mistake made by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow, and dunked on him using his own words.

"No Chris, I said that the inve-any...let me be crystal clear so you completely understand".

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