Trump's legal plan quite simple so far: Fight, fight, fight

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

On Friday, Donald Trump posted a message on his Twitter account appearing to confirm that he was being investigated for obstruction of justice, as a Washington Post scoop had reported two days earlier. "There's no reason to think he's going to listen to legal advice", said Washington defense lawyer Peter Zeidenberg.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the committee, said Monday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that "obstruction of justice has to be included" in the investigation, and critiqued Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump who has dismissed the idea the President could have obstructed justice by firing Comey. "If you were a target, if you were being investigated, you would be told really quickly into the investigation".

Sekulow downplayed Trump's tweets, saying the president is simply responding to what he sees in the media in a way that can reach millions of his supporters.

According to 18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361, if at the time Mr. Comey believed the comment constituted obstruction of justice, he was legally required to report it.

Sen. Marco Rubio says it's best for the country to let the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election take its course, and the Florida Republican tells CNN's "State of the Union" that's what he'd advise President Donald Trump.

Carson's stance on the issue: giving Mueller "a chance", indicates a surprising break from the position being held by Trump and his administration. Multiple sources tell People's Pundit Daily (PPD) that Mr. Mueller hasn't decided on the scope of the investigation, let alone whether it will eventually include President Trump.

He also cited the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate intelligence committee, in which Comey said he had told Trump he was not under investigation in the months leading up to his May 9 firing. Neither his (alleged) statements to Comey nor his dismissal of Comey had the slightest effect on any of these inquiries, except perhaps to add fuel to the fire of the left's Trump-Russia witch hunt. There's hype galore online this morning that this report contradicts WaPo's bombshell last week (confirmed yesterday by USA Today) that Mueller is investigating Trump.

Turley says that, as a result, "Mueller could not be viewed as a neutral choice by anyone on Trump's side due to his history with Comey".

Shortly after Trump made claims about the recordings, the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee urged the administration to hand the recordings over to the panel along with any memos of the conversations. He said the "last thing we know is when he testified just a couple weeks back".

At the president's urging, he has been on the offensive, casting doubt on Comey's character and raising questions about whether the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director inappropriately disclosed sensitive material.

"I don't believe it's going to happen", said Rubio on CNN's "State of the Union". Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. He said it could be done "maybe by the end of the year".

Up to now, I have not written extensively about the allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation for the simple reason that the accusations are so specious, opportunistic, and defamatory that I did not want to dignify them by acknowledging their existence.

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