This morning, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team made the rounds of the Sunday shows to make the case that despite what the president himself has personally stated, POTUS is not under investigation by the special counsel for obstruction of justice.
In his appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Jay Sekulow repeated what he had said on NBC’s Meet the Press and other programs, pointing out that Trump is not under any investigation. Answering a question from host Jake Tapper about Trump’s tweet stating that he is under investigation, Sekulow claimed that the president was merely responding to a Washington Post report based on anonymous sources.
“So the president said ‘I am under investigation’ even though he isn’t under investigation?” Tapper asked.
“That response on social media was in response to the Washington Post piece,” Sekulow responded. “It’s that simple. The president is not under investigation.”
“Well, I wish it were that simple but with all due respect, the president said ‘I am being investigated’ in a tweet, and people take his word on that,” Tapper pushed back.
After Sekulow insisted that the tweet was really an attempt to call out the Post for putting out a “fake report, the CNN host shot back that it didn’t appear to do that at all, and in fact, made it appear that Trump was confirming the story.
“But it is confusing because the president said ‘I am being investigated’ and you’re saying that the Washington Post report is wrong, but no one did more to confirm the Washington Post report than the president,” Tapper noted. “I mean, CNN had not confirmed the Washington Post report but then President Trump came out and said, ‘I am being investigated.'”
Trump’s attorney replied by pointing out how big Trump’s social media reach is and that the “simple explanation” is that the president was responding to a story based on anonymous sourcing.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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