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Trump's legal plan built in his image: Fight, fight, fight

20 June 2017

Trump's legal team says the tweet was simply about a report that the president was under investigation for obstruction of justice - not a confirmation.

The news last week was stunning and historic: the special counsel's investigation into the Russian Federation scandal now includes "an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice". Making the rounds on the Sunday shows, Sekulow also insisted on CNN's "State of the Union" the Trump's tweet was in response to The Washington Post story.

President Donald Trump may finally confirm by the end of the week whether tapes of conversations between him and former FBI Director James Comey exist, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday. The top attorney also maintained that there can not be any investigation into Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey because the president had full constitutional authority to oust the agency head.

"He's being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the termination", Sekulow concluded. "There is no investigation", he added.

"I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth", he told Wallace.

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That means that the judiciary panel could be the main body in Congress to investigate whether Trump improperly used his authority to urge Comey to back off an investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

At present, there are two investigations: One into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians (a claim that even Democrat Chris Matthews admitted fell apart after Comey's recent testimony) and an investigation into whether, while being investigated for this claimed collusion, President Trump or someone else obstructed justice.

Whether Trump himself is under investigation at this stage also is still unclear.

The president suggested on Twitter that he may have taped those conversations. "There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation".

The problem is that trying to argue that Trump isn't under investigation doesn't just require a denial of facts that are broadly known, it requires a fleet of lawyers to run around Washington proclaiming that their client lied to the nation.

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On Sunday, Trump again referred to the probe, but dismissed it.

"If you can prove that there was something there and the president knew about it, then the obstruction case looks far stronger", said Washington attorney Justin Dillon.

The only way to avoid a tainted investigation or a political explosion is another counsel to investigate possible obstruction of justice. Ron Wyden of OR noted that Mr. Sessions was relying on an "executive privilege" of the presidency not articulated by Mr. Trump, but he heatedly maintained his position.

After the report was published, the President subsequently acknowledged in a tweet, "I am being investigated". The White House used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but Trump's firing of Comey may now be part of the probe.

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Trump's legal plan built in his image: Fight, fight, fight