Special Counsel Not Investigating President Donald Trump for Obstruction


"That tweet was in response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources, without identifying the agencies they represented, saying that the special counsel had broadened out his investigation to include the president", said Jay Sekulow, a Trump legal adviser on CNN's "State of the Union".

Donald Trump could face an immediate impeachment process if he were to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Democrats have warned as rumors intensify that Trump wants to bring an end to the Russian Federation investigation. Before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, the Trump-appointed deputy attorney general, wrote a memorandum recommending that Comey be dismissed.

Sekulow mentioned former FBI Director James Comey's testimony earlier this month before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he had told Trump on at least three occasions that the president was not personally a subject of the probe into Russian Federation election meddling and the Trump campaign.

An assessment of evidence and circumstances will be completed before a final decision is made to launch an investigation of the president of the United States regarding potential obstruction of justice.

Sekulow got in a heated exchange with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday".

"Let me be clear here", Sekulow said at one point this weekend, according to the Hill. Trump fired Comey in early May.

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"First of all, under the Justice Department's own rules, Mueller has a legal obligation to recuse himself from anything involving Comey", Gingrich said.

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During his Sunday talk show appearances, Sekulow previewed Trump's defense against obstruction claims.

The primary problem with the current partisan fixation on obstruction of justice potentiality is that the required "corrupt intent" can not coexist with the defined constitutional power of the presidency; this is because, as head of the executive branch, the president's authority to remove the Federal Bureau of Investigation director is a plenary discretionary one, meaning that it is a complete and absolute power to take such action.

"Why don't you just pick up the phone and call Bob Mueller and ask whether or not your client has any role in their investigation?"

Ultimately, Sekulow conceded there is "no duty" for the investigators to notify the White House if Trump is being investigated "in the sense of an obligation to tell".

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On ABC'S "This Week", Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Mueller has support on both sides of the aisle.

"When the president's furious and tweets, it seems to make your job harder", Kilmeade said.

"The president wants to take down Bob Mueller ... and the question is why".

Rubio said "that's not going to happen", when asked whether he's concerned that Trump may be preparing to fire Mueller and Rosenstein.

One possible problem with Kushner putting together a better legal team from which to seek advice than the President is he could turn on Trump in order to save himself. Angus King, an independent from ME, said "we're 20 percent into" the collusion aspect of the investigation.

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