Robert Reich: The Case For Obstruction Of Justice

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2017

President Donald Trump and his cronies are preparing for the worst after a new report that special counsel Robert Mueller is now probing "whether the president attempted to obstruct justice". And one of Trump's lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said categorically on Meet the Press that, "The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction". In an interview on Fox News Sunday, moderator Chris Wallace did what Todd wasn't able to do. He tried to maintain that Trump was tweeting a response to The Washington Post story, claiming the story was not factual because it sourced five anonymous people.

Sekulow explained the president's tweet that appeared to acknowledge he was under investigation from the special counsel.

Sekulow made numerous same arguments on the Sunday news shows, though he told Fox News Sunday that he couldn't read Mueller's mind and that he couldn't say with 100 percent certainty that Trump wasn't being investigated. "So that tweet takes, let's say, 15 seconds", Sekulow said on NBC. Sekulow said he was actually discussing the "legal theory of how the Constitution works" and that Wallace had rephrased his talking points. "I think you're reading more into the tweet than what's there". "Which also makes you wonder why they'd pick a guy who is Comey's close friend to investigate a situation in which inevitably involves Comey".

And not unlike others who advise Trump on personal matters, Sekulow regularly appears on Fox News, as well as hosts a syndicated daily radio talk show.

He continued: "The best thing that can happen for everybody, the president, the country, our institutions of government, is for a full and thorough and credible investigation that reveals everything".

Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation in early March, shortly after news reports surfaced of his previously undisclosed contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. "Witch Hunt." That would be Rosenstein, who wrote a letter supporting the removal of James Comey, and for whom Mueller technically works.

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An assessment of evidence and circumstances will be completed before a final decision is made to launch an investigation of the president of the United States regarding potential obstruction of justice.

Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate intelligence committee that Trump pressured him on the Russian Federation investigation and asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Indeed, Wallace is correct that Sekulow has no way of knowing for sure whether or not Trump is the center of Mueller's investigation since Sekulow is not part of Mueller's team and therefore is not privy to knowledge about the investigation.

He also commended Trump's use of social media -that he could barely defend -as being effective. On the Friday of the investigation, Gingrich told Fox News' Sean Hannity: "They're going to get somebody".

Act III of this play concluded this morning-as Trump woke up and plugged Sekulow's latest appearance on state-run media before having some second thoughts.

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