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Trump Lawyer Says President is Not Under Investigation for Obstruction

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Who are you going to believe? The Washington Post or one of President Trump’s attorneys?

The Post broke a huge story four days ago, claiming that President Trump was under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for obstructing justice. Trump appeared to acknowledge that he was a target of the probe when he tweeted about it.

But Jay Sekulow, a member of the president’s legal team, said on “Meet the Press” that Trump “is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction.”

You could almost hear the groan coming from anti-Trump liberals who were so looking forward to the coming impeachment trial.

Looks like they’ll have to wait.

NBC News:

On Friday morning, President Trump sent a tweet that seemed to confirm that he was under scrutiny, writing, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”

But Sekulow claimed the president wasn’t referring to an actual investigation in the message, but instead a news report about one.

“The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking information to the Washington Post,” he said, referring to the Post’s report this week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election now also includes a look at whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

Sekulow claimed the president is not spending a lot of time composing the tweets, but defended them as a means of speaking directly to voters, saying “he’s responding to what he’s seeing in the media in a way in which he thinks is appropriate to talk to those people that put him in office.”

“He’s not afraid of the investigation — there is no investigation,” Sekulow said, adding, “there is not an investigation of the President of the United States, period.”

On “Face The Nation” on CBS, Sekulow clarified that he’s so confident that there isn’t any investigation into the president because they have not received any notification from the special counsel’s office.

The attorney on “Meet The Press” Sunday also acknowledged that the president was aware that firing James Comey as FBI director could extend the entire time frame of the investigation into Russia.

“He said that if, in light of all of this, the removal of James Comey would lengthen the amount of time that this investigation would take — he thought it was in the best interest of the American people,” Sekulow said. “He was fully aware that if in fact he took this action, he would see a lengthening or could see a lengthening of the process.”

Would the special counsel inform the president if he was the target of an investigation? I’m sure that, at this point, Mueller is looking at everything and everybody. But to have narrowed the scope of the investigation to target the president? That seems highly unlikely.

No matter. Try changing the narrative now — it will fail. To liberals, “investigation” is the same as “guilty as hell” — and despite scant evidence, impeachment is now a foregone conclusion in their eyes.

Of course, there’s the small matter of finding something the president has done that rises to the level of impeachment. And from what we know at this point, Republican senators would have to be hypnotized in order to convict him.

But hope springs eternal in the bosom of the loony left. They can short stroke their way to bliss in the dark of night with their impeachment fantasies, but the cold light of day still reveals a lack of any concrete evidence to convict the president and drive him from office.