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Trump Attorney Sekulow Responds to Democrats’ Demands That Mueller’s Investigation Be Protected

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow stated on Monday the president has no intention of interfering with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation after Democrats sounded the alarm that he might.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and Sekulow argued Monday that the charges brought against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were based on their business dealings from years ago, and the Democrats are really the ones guilty of colluding with Russians during the presidential race.

“The president is not interfering with special counsel Mueller’s position. He’s not firing the special counsel. He’s said that before,” Sekulow told CNN.

“We’ve expected (this indictment) for months after they had the raid on Paul Manafort’s house, you thought there was going to be something.”

 

“What the something is activities going back as much as a decade ago,” he added. “The allegations in the indictment are focused on (Manafort’s and Gate’s) business activities, not campaign activities, not campaign events.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Congress to be prepared to act if President Trump tried to interfere with Mueller’s work.

“The president must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way. If he does so, Congress must respond swiftly, unequivocally, and in a bipartisan way to ensure that the investigation continues,” he said.

Virginia Democrat Sen. Mark Warner, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russian attempts to influence the presidential election, warned Trump against issuing any pardons in the case, including to himself.

“(I)t is imperative that Congress take action now to protect the independence of the Special Counsel, wherever or however high his investigation may lead,” the Virginia Republican said.

“Members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, must also make clear to the president that issuing pardons to any of his associates or to himself would be unacceptable, and result in immediate, bipartisan action by Congress,” he added.

In a statement Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi renewed her call for Congress to support legislation setting up an independent council.

“Even with an accelerating Special Counsel investigation inside the Justice Department, and investigations inside the Republican Congress, we still need an outside, fully independent investigation to expose Russia’s meddling in our election and the involvement of Trump officials,” the California Democrat said.

In a pair of Tweets on Monday morning, Trump reiterated that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, and said the focus on the Russia investigation should really be Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.

“Why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus” of Mueller’s investigation Trump wondered.

The New York Times reported last week that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee paid over $12 million to a law firm, which hired the research group Fusion GPS to produce the Trump-Russia dossier.

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