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. "The legal team has not been notified", he said on CNN.
Sekulow said that Trump has not been notified of any investigation.
As sitting president of the USA, the complete and all-encompassing constitutional authority to remove Comey at the time from his position as Federal Bureau of Investigation director were within the exclusive purview of the president, and the president's motivations for doing so were, and still are, wholly immaterial.
Tweets like these, however, indicate that Trump is massively frustrated and wants to get rid of Rosenstein, Mueller, and the Russian Federation investigation altogether. "However, nothing has changed". The Trump administration used a memo written by Rosenstein to justify Comey's firing, an act that Trump says is now under investigation. CBS News confirmed late last month that Kushner is under scrutiny in the probe into Russian election meddling. Perhaps they harbored some resentment against President Trump himself, and took pleasure in his discomfiture.
"The president is not under investigation by the special counsel", Sekulow said on NBC. Rosenstein would then end up being a key witness in the same investigation that he is duty bound to supervise.
"Fairly interesting that Kushner is putting together a more serious legal team than the president is", MSNBC Justice and Security Analyst Matthew Miller noted on Twitter. He had conversations with Comey.
Cuomo and Sekulow next got into the weeds about the conflict between the White House's contention that Trump fired Comey on the attorney general's recommendation, and the president's own remarks that he was going to fire Comey anyway. "He's responding to what he's seeing in the media in a way in which he thinks is appropriate to talk to those people that put him in office". "That'll be a question for the special counsel". "Once they confirm that, he would have to recuse".
"We've received no notice of investigation".
And in a video made in collaboration with MoveOn.org, a progressive public policy advocacy group and political action committee, Perlstein says there should be some. Mueller was tasked with taking over the executive branch's investigation into alleged Russian interference and potential collusion between Russia and Trump's associates. "I'll tell you over a very short period of time", Trump shot back, adding, "Oh you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer" as reporters kept lobbing more tape questions.
"You say he can't be under investigation because I haven't been told, and that's a specious premise - you know there's no duty to tell you whether he's under investigation", Cuomo said.
In other words, Republicans should unify and drive a stake through the heart of the ridiculous political sideshow that this "matter" has become. "Now in this environment with a Justice Department where 97 percent of the donations a year ago went to Hillary - 97 percent - explain to me why I should relax as a Republican". "That's not why I'm asking you about it", Cuomo said. "Frequently, recusal is sort of an escape from your responsibilities, and if you have every confidence that you can do your job appropriately, you should hang in there and do what's necessary".