Jay Sekulow: Trump's Actions on Comey Not Obstruction of Justice

U.S. President Donald Trump with first lady Melania and their son Barron walk out from the White House in Washington U.S. before their departure to Camp David

"What I found in these investigations is when you do them, you look at things you need to look at in addition".

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.

Trump had posted earlier in the morning that Sekulow would be appearing on the Fox program, but the tweet was later removed.

Although administration officials downplayed the situation and said they "would not be concerned" about a back channel, national security experts expressed alarm at the development, pointing out that while back channels are indeed normal, it was not normal to ask to use the facilities of a hostile foreign power to conduct such communications.

Fervent Trump supporter: The Washington Post's Derek Hawkins writes, "Using language popular on the political far right, he has warned repeatedly of a "deep state bureaucracy" out to sabotage the presidency and a "shadow government" led by none other than former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, fired last month by Trump".

Sekulow has publicly criticized Comey, whom Trump fired.

"The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction".

Whether Trump himself is under investigation at this stage also is still unclear. I don't tell him what to write or not write.

The leaders of the Senate judiciary committee have reached an agreement about the scope of an investigation into political interference at the FBI, with the possibility that the inquiry could explore whether President Donald Trump acted improperly during his interactions with fired FBI Director James Comey. That may be an understandable approach in such a high-profile matter, though not always an advisable one.

When Tapper slammed the lawyer, inquiring if Trump firing former FBI Director James Comey even had the potential to raise the level of obstruction of justice, Sekulow said, "The president has the authority as the chief executive to make those kind of decisions".

"No answer is probably the most troubling answer in criminal defense", Cohen said.

"I don't know what the facts will show or what the special counsel will conclude, but Kasowitz, Sekulow & Dowd is not the dream team", he tweeted after the Fox News exchange. Later in the interview, however, he seemed to reverse that claim when he said Trump is "being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommending him to take".

But so far, Sekulow's short tenure as Trump's personal defender on TV hasn't been so smooth.

The White House recently bolstered the legal team's credentials by hiring former prosecutor John Dowd, who may be best known for investigating allegations of improper gambling by baseball player Pete Rose. Abbe D. Lowell, a prominent trial attorney who represented Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a 2005 corruption scandal and is now representing NJ Sen.

Related News:

  • NSW urge referees to avoid Queensland Origin wrestle-mania

    But, after taking the first game in dominant fashion, the southerners smell blood in the water. Fifita said such smugness from the Sydney media only made his side's task more hard .
    Pakistan win Champions Trophy

    Pakistan win Champions Trophy

    MOHAMMAD Hafeez dedicated a stunning ICC Champions Trophy success to the public of Pakistan after thrashing India at The Oval. Both the batsmen didn't spare any of the Indian bowlers, except Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and scored on all parts of the ground.
    Get ready for 'grand alliance' at the centre, says Lalu Prasad Yadav

    Get ready for 'grand alliance' at the centre, says Lalu Prasad Yadav

    When asked upon when she would get her two sons married, she said she would prefer daughters-in-law just like her. She should be an expert in managing household works, respect elders and should be very religious.
  • Are Analysts Bullish John Wood Group PLC (LON:WG) After Last Week?

    On Wednesday, May 10 the insider FULGONI GIAN sold $1.13M. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has risen 91.08% since June 19, 2016 and is uptrending. It is positive, as 45 investors sold ADSK shares while 169 reduced holdings. 23 funds opened positions while 37 raised stakes.
    Perez mum on rumors Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid

    Perez mum on rumors Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid

    Madrid's state prosecutor has alleged Ronaldo used an off-shore company to hide a portion of his income from the tax office. Reports surfaced that Ronaldo wants to leave the club due to allegations that he defrauded the country's tax authorities.
    Mumbai Blast Case: Abu Salem and 5 others found guilty

    Mumbai Blast Case: Abu Salem and 5 others found guilty

    But he can not be hanged till death because of the extradition treaty signed with Portugal. According to the prosecution, the attack was to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid.
  • Did Erin Hills serve as a US Open worthy course?

    Did Erin Hills serve as a US Open worthy course?

    As the last seven major championships have shown us, there is no guarantee victor . "I loved this course as soon as I saw it". Amateur, the best player in the world, Peter Uihlein, won the tournament. "They told me to do what I had to do", he said.
    Dodgers' rookie Cody Bellinger becomes fastest to 21 HR-mark

    Dodgers' rookie Cody Bellinger becomes fastest to 21 HR-mark

    Juan Lagares underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery to fix a fracture in his left thumb. The Dodgers have won each of his last eight starts, even though they scored just two runs in three of those.
    Whoopi Goldberg Claims Trump's Media Coverage Was 98% Positive During Campaign

    Whoopi Goldberg Claims Trump's Media Coverage Was 98% Positive During Campaign

    In the letter to Comey informing him of his dismissal, the president said he was acting on a recommendation from Rosenstein. What he meant to say, of course, is that the Republican president of the United States can not obstruct justice.
  • Death toll in London fire rises to 58, may still go higher

    Death toll in London fire rises to 58, may still go higher

    However, according to Britain's Press Association , up to 70 people, in addition to those who are confirmed dead, are still missing.
    Tapwrit rallies to win Belmont Stakes

    Tapwrit rallies to win Belmont Stakes

    Going into the Kentucky Derby , he was nearly even with favorite Always Dreaming among bettors but finished a disappointing 10th. Avello also mentioned No. 7 Irish War Cry , the 7-2 favorite, and No. 12 Patch (15-1).
    It is a duty, says Ram Nath Kovind

    It is a duty, says Ram Nath Kovind

    While the alliance, dominated by BJP, is in power at the Centre, its governments rule in at least 14 states out of a total 29. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed "happiness" over NDA's decision to choose Kovind as their presidential candidate.


Most liked

Ohio Attorney General seeks information on four people in Pike County murders
There's a $10,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. The motive behind the April 22, 2016, killings remains a mystery. A newborn baby, another baby and a young child were not harmed.

Talks begin over British divorce from European Union
David Davis and I, as chief European Union negotiator, will discuss the issues together, tackle difficulties, and lift obstacles.

Lucy Hale Called Herself "Fat" on Instagram and Fans Aren't Having It
Many commenters were quick to point out these problems. "What looks normal for us, might look fat for her", one follower explained.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launch Rumored For August 26th In New York
Having said that, there's a massive battery of 6000mAh, which is rated to deliver three days of battery life with moderate use. The tablet is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, equipped with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

Van attack caused by islamophobia: muslims
At least one man died and 10 others were injured in the attack, which police are now treating as a "terrorist incident". On Monday the police said that the victim was already being treated by emergency services when the attack happened.

Will the Golden State Warriors finish off the sweep?
Warriors victory was powered by Kevin Durant's scoring exploits, who scored 31 points, seven of them in the closing minutes. What the league is witnessing with Golden State is potentially the greatest semblance of talent ever seen.

Trump promises 'cheaper, faster and safer travel' with private air traffic control
Even under a congressional privatization plan, the FAA would continue to provide safety oversight of the system, the AP reported . NavCanada can raise private capital, make long-term financial commitments, and it recently lowered the fees it charges airlines.

Asa Resource Group PLC's (ASA) "not rated" Rating Reaffirmed at Shore Capital
Finally, Citigroup Inc. reissued a buy rating on shares of Pets at Home Group PLC in a research report on Friday, March 31st. Its down 0.03, from 0.8 in 2016Q3. 321.55 million shares or 3.71% more from 310.05 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported.

Congressional Baseball Gunman Carried List Of Names At Time Of Shooting
President Trump, speaking from the White House, called for national unity after the "very, very brutal assault". Police in Hodgkinson's hometown in southern IL knew the gunman, only from a history of misdemeanor crimes.

Twitter is running another TV commercial
On Sunday night during ABC's The Bachelorette , Twitter rolled out a 60-second ad spot showing what users can do with its service. Facebook has run TV ads for Facebook Live, its live streaming function that doesn't have obvious use cases for most people.

President Trump's Lawyer: Not Aware of Any Investigation
Sekolow says the tweet was in response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources. Angus King, an independent from ME , stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time.

With Bills CB Shareece Wright
One of Wright's representatives, Tamerat Berhe , tweeted that Wright also gave a $300 tip for a total cost of $932.08. Shareece Wright knows the importance of a good first impression.

CBSE to declare NEET 2017 results today
All legal hurdles were cleared after the Supreme Court granted the CBSE permission to go ahead with NEET 2017 result declaration. The CBSE NEET Result 2017 declaration will pave the way for counselling and admission to 56,000 MBBS/BDS seats in the country.

Bring stability to Kashmir, then worry about Maharashtra, Shiv Sena taunts BJP
In 1997, Sena propped up former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) TN Seshan as its Presidential candidate against KR Narayanan. He said political parties had been informed of the NDA's choice.

76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Markelle Fultz
I'm a pretty good shot blocker for a point guard, so I think helping them with that, everything would pretty much help with that. While there have been inquires on the No. 2 pick, sources said it remains unlikely the Lakers would trade out of that position.