Actually, Trump Is NOT Under Investigation, His Lawyer Insists
A fun activity when following the ever-unraveling Trump
administration is watching the president’s associates struggle
to maintain their story lines despite their master’s tweets.
Today, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow hit the Sunday morning talk
show circuit to insist that Trump is not under
investigation for obstruction of justice. Oh?
Here he is on Face the Nation.
“We’ve received no notice of investigation. There’s been no
notification from the special counsel’s office that the
president is under investigation,” Sekulow said.
Maybe…he just doesn’t know he’s under investigation? suggests
host John Dickerson.
“I can’t imagine a scenario where the president would not be
aware of it,” Sekulow replied.
He delivered a similar line on Meet the Press:
“Let me be clear here,” he said. “The president is not and has
not been under investigation for obstruction.”
By the time he dragged himself to Chris Wallace at Fox News,
Sekulow seemed a tad on edge.
Sekulow: He takes the action that [the
Attorney General’s office] 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 terminations…
Wallace: …You’ve stated some facts. First of
all, you’ve now stated that he is being investigated…
Wallace: You just said, sir…
Sekulow: No, he’s not being investigated.
Wallace: You just said that he’s being
Sekulow: No, Chris… let me crystal clear so
you completely understand. We have not received nor are we
aware of any investigation of the president of the United
Wallace: Sir you just said two times
that he’s being investigated.
Sekulow: No. The context of the tweet, I just
gave you the legal theory, Chris, of how the constitution
Has anyone told Trump he’s not being investigated? Seems like
he thinks he is.
Sekulow said that the tweet was merely a response to an
anonymously-sourced Washington Post story, which reported that
special counsel Robert Mueller had indeed expanded his
investigation of Russian involvement in the U.S. election to
In Wallace’s words: “Oh boy, this is weird.”