Trump lawyer says president not informed he is under investigation

Henrietta Brewer
June 20, 2017

Spicer's comments echo those by Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's attorneys, over the weekend. "Witch Hunt." That would be Rosenstein, who wrote a letter supporting the removal of James Comey, and for whom Mueller technically works. Mueller may yet look into the president's behavior to see if any obstruction occurred, but he won't open a criminal investigation unless he's pretty damn sure of his grounds. His tweet about a “WITCH HUNT” conducted by “bad” people is just a Trumpian version of what appears to be the official White House line — that this is somehow a partisan attempt to delegitimize the Trump presidency.

Asked about the possibility that an investigation has since developed and the president does not know, Sekulow said: "I can't read people's minds, but I can tell you this, we have not been notified that there's an investigation to the president of the United States".

But Trump's attorneys, with their own unconventional backgrounds, face a challenging task — especially against seasoned lawyers working with former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Gorelick is a partner at the WilmerHale law firm.


"Sir, you just said two times that he's being investigated", the Fox News host said.

He must convince the entire world that the story printed in The Washington Post that alleges Donald Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice is false, all while the half-wit that he's representing is tweeting shit like this. In a statement, Gorelick says that after the appointment of the special counsel, she advised Kushner "to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us". The Washington Post first reported on Clarke's decision.

ABC News reported that, in fact, Mueller had not decided yet whether to investigate the president.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said, "The FBI is going to do its job".


Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer and now a defense attorney specializing in white-collar crime and investigations, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notify Trump he was under investigation, so the lack of such notice meant nothing.

Rep. Jim Himes, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence committee, says "we are a ways yet from being able to conclude anything" when it comes to his committee's investigation into Russia's actions in the 2016 election. King said the "collusion, the cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over".

Senator Angus K of ME said, "A lot of people have asked, when will we be done?"

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. This is a very complex matter, involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents, lots of witnesses.


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