Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

In Spite of Tweet, Lawyer Says Trump Not Under Investigation

Anthony Watson of the Lions runs with the ball during the Test match between the All Blacks and the Lions at Eden Park Anthony Watson of the Lions runs with the ball during the Test match between the All Blacks and the Lions at Eden Park
Kristine Garrett | 20 June, 2017, 16:11

Although the White House initially said Rosenstein's memo led Trump to fire Comey, the president later said in a television interview that he did so because of the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump had a moment last week when he rose to the occasion, however fleetingly.

As the investigation moves forward, Trump will continue to speak out against what he believes to be a political conspiracy. Comey's testimony pointed to possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

"Politically, the people who don't like him still won't like him, and the people who support him will still support him". It is time for this leftist narrative to disappear into the dustbin of history, where it belongs.

On both occasions, Sekulow denied that Trump's tweet from last week - "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" - was a confirmation that he is under investigation.

But Trump's attorneys, with their own unconventional backgrounds, face a challenging task — especially against seasoned lawyers working with former FBI Director Robert Mueller. The New York Times also reported that Mueller was seeking interviews with Coats, Rodgers and Ledgett, although the report only described these interviews as an "indication" that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice.

"It looks like we have got a simmering tea kettle here, and the President seems to be testing the waters about whether he ought to go ahead and fire Robert Mueller", said Richard Ben-Veniste, former Watergate prosecutor.

According to the White House, Mueller interviewed with Trump to replace Comey after Trump fired him. Trump needs to understands that this would be a political disaster.

As to obstruction, Trump's wounds are entirely self-inflicted.

But Trump denies any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. repeatedly calling the probe a 'witch hunt'. Trump cited a Rasmussen Reports poll stating that Trump's approval rating had reached 50 percent, a number he said was higher than Obama's. Democrats would like to suggest that exasperation is proof of guilt.

I'm not sure for what, exactly.

A USA official last week confirmed that Rosenstein has told colleagues he may have to recuse himself from the inquiry because he had criticized Comey in a memo before Trump fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. Many people who do not appreciate how politicized the legal system has become will conclude that if you are under investigation, you must have done something wrong.

What has Trump himself said? Facing impeachment proceedings, however unlikely that may be with a Republican-controlled Congress? Months have passed, most of the juiciest morsels of information have long since been leaked, and we are no closer to proving collusion, or treason, or obstruction, than we were initially. In other words, one could consider how to use facts and evidence to present one's case- and to consider whether the facts and evidence already presented are simply too damaging to overcome.

The Washington Post subsequently published a story based on anonymous sources from unnamed government departments, which claimed the president is now being personally investigated by the special counsel's office for obstruction of justice. That, I daresay, is how this business should have been handled in the first place.

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