Trump Lawyer Says President Is Not Under Investigation in Spite of His Tweet Saying He Is

| JUN 18, 2017 | 2:18 PM

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On Sunday morning, Jay Sekulow, a member of President Donald Trump's personal legal team, appeared on CNN's “State of the Union,” where he was interviewed by Jake Tapper. The initial topic was Trump's Friday tweet where he appeared to confirm the report that he is now under investigation for obstruction of justice:

Sekulow didn't waste any time before getting down to business. “Lemme be clear: The president is not under investigation,” he said.

“That tweet was a response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources, not identifying the agencies that they represented, saying that the special counsel had brought down his investigation to include the president. We've had no indication of that.”

Tapper was confused. “So the president said 'I am under investigation' even though he isn't under investigation?” Sekulow said the tweet “was in response to the Washington Post piece, it's that simple. The president is not under investigation.”

“I wish it were that simple,” Tapper continued, adding that if the president says he's being investigated, people are taking him at face value. Sekulow then blamed Twitter's 140 characters per tweet limit (which he identified incorrectly as 141 characters) for not allowing Trump to be more clear, although the president has tweeted multi-part statements before.

Tapper tried to ask if this was frustrating as a lawyer to have a client who was tweeting this level of incorrect information, to which Sekulow repeated his previous talking points, punctuated by “so that's it, simple explanation.” Tapper replied, “I mean, I don't think it's simple” before moving on.

Also on Sunday morning, Sekulow discussed the same topic on CBS's “Face the Nation,” where he added that Trump has received no letter of investigation. His answers about the tweet were nearly identical.