Secretary Ben Carson Breaks Rank On The Russia Investigation

On Sunday, Jay Sekulow became a well-known name when he went on TV to talk about reports of President Trump being under investigation by the Justice Department for firing FBI director James Comey after Trump tweeted Friday that he was.Then, in a subsequent interview on “Fox News Sunday”, Sekulow sowed further confusion by saying Trump was under investigation – then denied he said anything of the sort. Another key will be Mueller’s assessment of Comey allegation that Trump tried to get him to stop the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.Conway on Monday told Fox & Friends that nobody has told Trump that he’s under investigation, and instead, Trump’s tweet last week was a response to “a Washington Post report that included five anonymous sources”. This weekend, it produced some of the more excruciating news coverage in recent memory as one of his lawyers, Jay Sekulow, was tendentiously grilled on the question of whether the president has conceded that he is under investigation. “There is no investigation”, he added.”There is a fundamental threshold question there that the President’s authority to terminate the Federal Bureau of Investigation director is based on the Constitution”, Sekulow responded.An obstruction case against the president would require scrutiny of the drafting, intent, and background of Rosenstein’s memo, which set forth the recommendation that Comey be terminated. “If you were a target, if you were being investigated, you would be told really quickly into the investigation”.President Trump requested he write up the letter to support the decision to fire Mr. Comey.He also commended Trump’s use of social media -that he could barely defend -as being effective.”Why don’t you just pick up the phone and call Bob Mueller and ask whether or not your client has any role in their investigation?””They want to lay the foundation to discredit whatever Bob Mueller comes up with”, Schiff said on ABC. So technically, Trump is correct: The man who wrote the memo endorsing Comey’s removal has authorized an investigation that is reportedly probing whether that removal somehow constituted a felony.The heads of the House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian election interference met with special counsel Robert Mueller Tuesday, the latest in a string of closed-door conversations between Mueller and lawmakers since last week.He said Trump’s statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia’s election meddling.Rubio said “that’s not going to happen”, when asked whether he’s concerned that Trump may be preparing to fire Mueller and Rosenstein.Rep. Jim Himes, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence committee, says “we are a ways yet from being able to conclude anything” when it comes to his committee’s investigation into Russia’s actions in the 2016 election.”That’s all I said”, Sekulow said. Angus King, an independent from ME, said “we’re 20 percent into” the collusion aspect of the investigation.