President Trump’s lawyer said he does not give his client advice when it comes to using Twitter.
“I’m the lawyer,” Jay Sekulow, an attorney on Trump’s outside legal team, told “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “I don’t tell him what to write or not what to write.”
Sekulow spent part of his weekend trying to explain the president’s tweeted assertion that he is being investigated in the federal probe into Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election.
“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!” Trump wrote to his millions of followers Friday. “Witch Hunt.”
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
But Sekulow said Sunday the tweet was a reaction to a Washington Post report and not an acknowledgment by the president that he is a target of a federal probe.
“The president is not under investigation by the special counsel,” Sekulow said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The president has not been and is not under investigation.”
“So the president said, ‘I am under investigation,’ even though he isn’t under investigation?” a confused-looking Jake Tapper asked Sekulow on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“That response on social media was in response to the Washington Post piece — it’s that simple,” Sekulow replied. “The president issued that tweet, that social media statement, based on a fake report, a report with no documented sources, in the Washington Post.”
On “Fox & Friends,” Sekulow pointed to an on-air report by ABC News senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas, who said sources told him that Mueller has “plans to talk to some people in the administration” about Trump’s possible obstruction, but that “he’s not yet made that…