Hillary Clinton and Hussein Obama’s swamp puppy, George Stephanopoulos, interviewed President Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow on Sunday. As always it was an series of attempts to trap and entangle the administration from the outset.
Puppy George leads off by quoting a Presidential Tweet and asking in a snarky, “How’d this fly get into my Alpo” kind of tone, “I wonder what the President means by that complete power to pardon. Does he believe he has the right to pardon himself?”
Sekulow notes that under Section 2, Article 2 of the Constitution the President has the power to pardon, something he described as “rather unremarkable.” He went on to clarify, “We have not and continue not to have conversations with the President of the United States regarding pardons. Pardons have not been discussed and pardons are not on the table.”
He says, “With regard to the issue of a President pardoning himself, there’s a big academic discussion going on right now, an academic debate. He says the legal team is not researching the issue because it’s not on the table. “There’s nothing to pardon from.”
Sekulow says that the Trump legal team has not yet raised the issue of conflicts with the Deputy Attorney General, Rod “Rodentstein” Rosenstein. He states that the special counsel’s situation, which is not an independent counsel, is unique and that “conflicts have to be evaluated as a matter moves forward.”
He says, “Remember, we’re not at an investigative stage yet. So I’m not going to start talking about individual and particular conflicts that could exist that would put us into a situation where we would, in fact, raise that issue.”
“But I will also tell you,” says Sekulow, “that as lawyers for the President we’re going to be constantly evaluating that situation and if an investigation were to arise and we thought that the conflict was relevant, we would raise it, without question.”
Stephanopoulos quotes one of President Trump’s attorneys, John Down, who said Mueller is an honest guy who’s done a good job.” Stephanopoulos has a serious case of willful blindness as he challenges the assertions of President Trump that many of the people involved in the witch hunt are seriously conflicted.
Sekulow defends President Trump’s right to raise concerns, and as far as the acting FBI Director, the $500K or $700K that she received from Terry McAuliffe are a legitimate cause for concern. Somehow George misses the relevance, at least he claims to.
He is adamant in stating that he doesn’t see how Rodentstein “serving” from Baltimore is a conflict. Is that an admission that in the other instances he doesn’t single out Stephanopoulos does see the conflict but his masters won’t allow him to admit it?
More willful ignorance is on display from Stephanopoulos as he dissects a tweet and asks, “Which Comey crimes does he feel the Justice Department should be investigating?” All of them, Georgie would be the easy answer, as he’s surely away of their nature and composition.
Sekulow responds regarding the leaking by Comey of government documents, some of them classified, by Comey, brushing back George’s attempts to portray them as nothing.
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