The President Is Not Under Investigation: Trump Attorney

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Rosenstein is the only official who could fire Mueller, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from the probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential campaign and whether anyone close to Trump colluded with the Russians. Last month, Rosenstein sent a memo to Trump raising concerns over FBI Director James Comey - concerns the White House then cited as a central reason for Comey's firing.

Comey told lawmakers earlier this month that Trump in recent months had asked for his personal loyalty, urged him to drop the investigation of the contacts the president's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had with Russia's ambassador to Washington, and to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation, none of which he acceded to.

Sekulow said that Trump's comment was specifically in response to a Washington Post story, quoting unnamed sources familiar with the Mueller investigation, as saying that Mueller was probing whether Trump obstructed justice in firing Comey. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on ABC's "This Week" that the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist.

"So, 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". "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

The White House has said Trump does not intend to do so. He should be clear that executive privilege does not obtain to conversations that relate to a criminal investigation, and hence he will answer all questions put to him by the special counsel.

The tweets came shortly after Rosenstein issued his unusual statement that appeared to be warning about the accuracy of such reports. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".

Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Trump is "returning us to the forgotten rhetoric of the Cold War".

Even as he denied any investigation, Sekulow made references to an obstruction of justice investigation during his Fox News Sunday interview, prompting expressions of incredulity from host Chris Wallace.

The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.

Trump has told associates he has the legal authority to fire Mueller.

Officials familiar with the matter describe friction on the Justice Department's fourth and fifth floors, home to the suite of offices belonging to the deputy attorney general and the attorney general, respectively, in part because of Rosenstein's handling of the Russian Federation matter.

The accusations have been repeatedly dismissed as groundless by both the Kremlin and the Trump team. This same point comes up again around the eight minute mark in the interview when Sekulow again claims there is no investigation. (He has already been compelled to mislead the public on Michael T. Flynn's contacts with Russians and on the reason for firing Comey.) Pence is the one executive branch employee whom Trump can not fire; he therefore has leverage to speak his mind - or remain silent. Mr Rosenstein has appointed investigative special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the inquiry.

But mostly, as reports about his legal peril multiplied, Trump became increasingly worked up about the Mueller probe. "The president is not and has not been under investigation".

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