The Russia investigation is eroding Trump's support among Republican voters

Cheryl Sanders
June 21, 2017

Sekulow got even more contradictory when he said just a couple minutes later that the President is "being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general recommended he take by the agency who recommended the termination".

The Washington Post reported on June 14 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed after Comey's termination to oversee the Russian Federation investigation, had widened his probe to examine if the President attempted to obstruct justice, or intentionally tamper with investigations surrounding himself or his associates.

He insisted Trump's tweet was not a real statement, explaining that the message was in response to a Washington Post report suggesting the president was under investigation.

That's it. That's all that Jay Sekulow knows.

On Friday morning, Trump began his day by tweeting, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

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

"Has the special counsel Robert Muller formally notified the president that he is under investigation?"

Wallace was quite surprised, since Sekulow himself had twice referred to the president being under investigation. If Rosenstein were to refuse - and the deputy attorney general has said that Mueller could only be fired for good cause and that he was "not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate" - Trump could fire Rosenstein and appoint someone else who would fire Mueller, the Hill pointed out. Trump, meanwhile, has dismissed investigations into the meddling and potential collusion with his campaign associates as a "witch hunt".

Turley says that, as a result, "Mueller could not be viewed as a neutral choice by anyone on Trump's side due to his history with Comey".

As the probe into Russia's possible involvement with the Trump campaign proceeds, CNN reports that the president is hurling insults at Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to look into the matter.

But while Mueller mulls over that decision, more and more voices are being raised calling for him to step aside due to a serious conflict of interest that probe would represent.

But in his contentious Sunday interviews, Sekulow said the tweet had been misinterpreted. Schiff cited the fact that the president at one meeting "cleared the room" of advisers and asked to speak to Comey alone. The New York Times reported Monday that Corallo's recent tweets have included praise for Mueller and a suggestion that Vice President Mike Pence should be the Republican nominee in 2020.

Sekulow had his first case with the Supreme Court in 1987, when he defended the religious group Jews for Jesus for having the right to give out religious material in the airport. As Salon's Heather Digby Parton points out, Sekulow's wife, brother, sons and sister-in-law "dominate the boards of both organizations" in an arrangement not dissimilar from how Trump ran his business and, to a lesser extent, the White House.

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