Trump's legal plan quite simple so far: Fight, fight, fight

Jeff Sessions témoigne au Sénat le 13 juin 2017 à WashingtonSAUL LOEB

Jeff Sessions témoigne au Sénat le 13 juin 2017 à WashingtonSAUL LOEB

Department of Justice-appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting what is generally called a preliminary inquiry into possible obstruction of justice involving President Donald Trump, as it pertains to his broader investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted that he's being investigated over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

"I think there's general agreement", Feinstein told CNN on Monday.

There have been multiple news reports and a tweet from Trump himself on Friday that began with: "I am being investigated".

Sekulow, a conservative activist and radio talk-show host, earlier this month joined Trump's legal team, which is led by Marc Kasowitz. Comey was among those critics who cited Lynch's June 2016 tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton as a sign the Justice Department was not capable of an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton. "You look at various pieces of information, you see something and say, 'Woah".

"That means there should exist on some server somewhere in the White House, a very thorough record of the kind of phone calls that nay investigator of the Trump campaign and the Trump White House's ties to Russian Federation any obstruction of justice regarding the investigation of those ties, should be able to access", Perlstein said.

The problem is that trying to argue that Trump isn't under investigation doesn't just require a denial of facts that are broadly known, it requires a fleet of lawyers to run around Washington proclaiming that their client lied to the nation.

Over the weekend, Sekulow declared that Trump is not under investigation, after the president condemned the investigation as a "witch hunt" through a series of tweets.

Mueller, who was tasked with overseeing the investigation last month, and his team are now assessing former FBI Director James Comey's recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, reviewing Comey's memos documenting his encounters with the president, and preparing to interview certain administration officials-like Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers regarding press accounts of comments the President allegedly made to them about the Russian Federation probe. That may be an understandable approach in such a high-profile matter, though not always an advisable one.

"My constituents are prosecutors, judges and juries", said criminal defense lawyer Bill Jeffress.

The old political saw is "if you're explaining, you're losing".

"He probably can't say nothing, but I think he should say as little as possible - and it should be so boring that it makes for bad copy", he said.

It's a question journalists can't seem to get an answer to and the White House is now referring inquiries about the existence, or nonexistence of tapes, to Trump's personal attorney. Abbe D. Lowell, a prominent trial attorney who represented Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a 2005 corruption scandal and is now representing NJ Sen.

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