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. "The president is not a subject or target of investigation", said Trump legal team member, Jay Sekulow, in an interview. "But if it's just, he's acting impetuously because he doesn't like having himself or his friends investigated for something he genuinely believes he didn't do, then I think that's a much harder case for obstruction".
The president is under fire for apparently attempting to impede a federal investigation into whether anyone on Trump's campaign colluded with Russian operatives who meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
In his Senate testimony last week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein indicated the only person who can fire a special counsel is the attorney general, or deputy attorney general if the attorney general had recused him or herself. Not for seeking to obstruct the Russian Federation probe, mind you (he didn't), but in connection with Trump's expressed hope that Comey could "let go" of a tertiary investigation into Michael Flynn. Prosecutors early on also are generally focused on understanding how a particular circumstance unfolded, rather than in pursuing a particular target.
Mueller was selected by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to lead the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation, with the move coming after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey.
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Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix from Santa Rosa, California, who was the oldest in the competition, came in second. Moe, who had lost his hearing and sight, was the oldest contestant at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, where the competition is held.
But other Democrats have warned against impeaching Donald Trump, including Sen. "I think that's a tough thing for a defense lawyer". "I haven't made that call".
"Boring" seems out of the question. Second, Pence led Trump's transition team after Governor Chris Christie was booted. Stories on Sekulow and his comments appear in the New York Times, and the Washington Post here, here and here. The president responded by tweeting an attack on his own Deputy Attorney General, whom he'd previously praised to the hilt.
Kasowitz heads the group despite his lack of deep experience in Washington or in criminal defense.
Jay Sekulow, who joined Trump's team this month, is chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, a far-right legal group founded by no less than Pat Robertson and based at Robertson's Regent University in Virginia. John McCain in the 1991 "Keating Five" scandal for which McCain was ultimately exonerated after being accused of improperly meeting with bank regulators on behalf of a campaign donor.
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