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Mueller Has “Not Yet” Decided Whether To Investigate Trump: ABC
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 18 2017

In the biggest political story of the past week, one which was timed to coincide with Donald Trump’s Birthday, the WaPo reportedciting anonymous sources, that Robert Mueller was investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice. Just a few hours later on Thursday night, the DOJ’s Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia probe due to Jeff Sessions recusal, released a stunning announcement which urged Pindosis to be “skeptical about anonymous allegations” in the media, which many interpreted as being issued in response to the WaPo report. Then on Sunday, ABC reported that Mueller has not yet decided whether to investigate Pres Trump as part of the Russia probe, suggesting the WaPo report that a probe had already started was inaccurate. Pierre Thomas, the ABC News’ senior DoJ correspondent, weighed in on ABC This Week, although he like the WaPo was referring to anonymous sources, so who knows who is telling the truth? Thomas said of Mueller:

Now my sources are telling me he’s begun some preliminary planning. Plans to talk to some people in the administration. But he’s not yet made that momentous decision to go for a full-scale investigation.

On Friday, Trump responded to the WaPo story by tweeting:

Thomas told “This Week” host Martha Raddatz:

Now Mueller faces a huge decision: Does he believe the president, who says there’s no wrong-doing here, or does he go after the president in the way James Comey wants him to do?

And so yet another blockbuster media report has been cast into doubt as a result of more “he said, he said” innuendo, which will be resolved only if Mueller steps up and discloses on the record whether he is indeed investiating Trump for obstruction, or any other reason. That however is unlikely to happen, and so the daily pingponging media innuendos will continue indefinitely.

Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow And Fox’s Chris Wallace Have Testy Exchange
ZeroPointNow, Zero Hedge, Jun 18 2017

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow had a heated exchange with host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday while discussing the President’s Jun 16 tweet about being under investigation for firing former FBI Director James Comey.

When Wallace asked whether or not Trump was under investigation, Sekulow responded that the President had not been notified of any, and that his tweet was in response to a Washington Post article based on five anonymous sources who allegedly leaked to the paper.

Sekulow: Nothing’s changed since James Comey said the President was not a target or a subject of investigation.
Wallace: Well, but, you don’t know that he isn’t under investigation now, do you.
Sekulow: No one’s notified us that he is, so I can’t read people’s minds, but I can tell you this – we have not been notified that there is an investigation of the POTUS.

Wallace then pushed Sekulow over why the President’s tweet targeted deputy AG Rod Rosenstein for ‘telling him to fire’ Comey, when Trump said in an NBC interview that he had planned to fire Comey well before meeting with the Deputy AG.

Sekulow: There is a constitutional issue when you have this scenario. The President made a determination based on consulted advice he decided ultimately he’s the commander in chief, he gets to make that decision that James Comey had to go.

Here’s where it gets spicy. In answering Wallace’s question, Sekulow prefaced his response with “Here’s the constitutional threshold question,” which Wallace interpreted as an admission of an investigation:

Sekulow: Here’s the constitutional threshold question, Chris: the President takes action based on numerous events, including recommendations from his AG and the deputy AG’s office. He takes the action that they recommended, and now he’s being investigated by the DoJ… So he’s being investigated for taking the action that the AG and deputy AG recommended him to take, by the agency who recommended the termination. So that’s the constitutional threshold question here.

Wallace jumped on Sekulow like a bespectacled vulture:

Wallace: You just said that he’s being investigated.
Sekulow: No, Chris… Let me be crystal clear so you completely understand. We have not received nor are we aware of any investigation of the POTUS. Period.
Wallace: Sir, you just said two times that he’s being investigated!
Sekulow: No… I just gave you the legal theory, Chris, of how the constitution works. If in fact it was correct that the President was being investigated, he would be investigated for taking action that an agency told him to take. So that is protected under the constitution as his article 1 power. That’s all I said, so I appreciate you trying to re-phrase it.
Wallace: Jay, the tape will speak for itself! You said that he is being investigated! And it’s not just being investigated for firing Comey, there’s also the question of what he said to Comey when Comey was still the FBI Director.
Sekulow: Chris, let me be clear. You asked me a question about what the President’s tweet was… that’s what you asked me. And I responded to what that legal theory would be. So I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth when I’ve been crystal clear that the President is not and has not been under investigation. I don’t think I could be any clearer than that.

Wallace and Sekulow then sparred over whether or not Assistant AG Rod Rosenstein should recuse himself based on “constitutional theory”:

Wallace: Does the President think that Rosenstein… Because you talked about this constitutional theory, that he took action on the advice of Rosenstein. Does he think that Rosenstein should recuse himself? And is he laying the groundwork to fire Rosenstein and Mueller?
Sekulow: Chris, let me tell you one thing about the constitutional theory, as you call it. It’s actually called the Constitution.
Wallace: You do call it Constitutional Theory, sir!
Sekulow: Yeah, it is a constitutional theory based on the Constitution! Not ‘so-called’! It’s part of the Constitution! Here’s what you’re trying to do, Chris…
Wallace: Now you’re reading minds again! … Don’t tell me what I’m trying to do, because you don’t know what I’m trying to do! Actually, what I’m trying to get is a straight answer out of you<!

Wallace then shifts the conversation to indictment, asking Sekulow whether or not the President thinks he can be indicted.

Wallace: As a matter of law, does the President think he can be indicted?
Sekulow: The President can’t be indicted under the Constitution for the activities alleged in something like this. Of course not.
Wallace: Why is that?
Sekulow: Because there’s not an investigation!
Wallace: Oh, boy, this is weird! You don’t know if there’s an investigation.!

They discuss Trump’s Tweets:

Wallace: Do you think he should stop tweeting about this case?
Sekulow: The President has changed the way in which engagement goes on. You’ve got great ratings, no doubt about it, Chris, but let’s face it, the President speaks to 107 million people through social media platforms. He revolutionized the election process by utilizing media in a different way. Nothing that he’s tweeted is causing me any issues whatsoever at this point! Nothing!

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