Whom to believe, Trump or his lawyer?


This week could bring an end to the ongoing mystery of whether tapes of President Trump's White House conversations with former FBI Director James B. Comey actually exist - or it could lead to the White House being hit with a congressional subpoena.

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, Mr. Comey stopped short of accusing President Trump of obstruction of justice, something legal experts on both sides have mocked. To their minds, "investigation" is tantamount to "guilty", and their cherished goal of removing Donald Trump from office was on track to succeed.

Attorney Jay Sekulow is defending President Donald Trump's use of social media, even though Sekulow himself has denied d, even though Trump's recent tweets.

"We've received no notice of investigation".

Attorney Jay Sekulow is stressing that "the president has not been and is not under investigation".

Also on Sunday, Sekulow appeared on CNN's Face The Nation and apparently confused host Jake Tapper so much that BuzzFeed wrote a story based on nine screenshots of Tapper looking perplexed during the interview.

"He takes the action that [the Attorney General's office] recommended and now he's being investigated by the Department of Justice", Sekulow complained. "No, he's not being investigated!"

Conway on Monday told Fox & Friends that nobody has told Trump that he's under investigation, and instead, Trump's tweet last week was a response to "a Washington Post report that included five anonymous sources".

While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he spent the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.

He tweeted "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt". The statement seemed to represent a not-so-subtle shot at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but it also seemed to confirm the underlying story. CBS News confirmed late last month that Kushner is under scrutiny in the probe into Russian election meddling. The White House used a memo he wrote to justify Mr Trump's decision to fire Mr Comey, but Mr Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director may now be part of the probe.

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While Sekulow did brush off all allegations of investigations being carried out into the President's actions, he did later let slip about an obstruction of justice investigation that may be directed at Trump. "No", Sekulow said, "The context of the tweet, I just gave you the legal theory, Chris, of how the Constitution works".

Comey had earlier testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that the president pressured him regarding the Russian investigation. "The FBI is going to its job; Mueller is going to do his job".

Asked last week if he was open to investigating the White House on questions of obstruction of justice, Grassley did not rule it out.

But the more frustrated that Trump gets, the more he often hurts himself politically.

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.

"I'm just one lawyer", Sekulow said. Absolutely none of it corroborates the central claim of Trump haters: that Trump, or anyone close to Trump, conspired with the Russians to hack the DNC or John Podesta, subvert the election, or otherwise act against the interests of the United States.

"The president has confidence of everyone who serves for him in this administration", said Spicer. Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week" and King spoke on NBC. "They're essentially engaging in a scorched-earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor". However, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers said they never felt urged by Trump to intervene in the investigation.

"I can not read the mind of the special prosecutor", he said.

Sekulow says "I don't tell him what to write or not write". Angus King, an independent from ME, said "we're 20 percent into" the collusion aspect of the investigation.