For Jay Sekulow, New Trump Lawyer, Public Stumble Is Out of Character - 2017-06-20
When Jay Sekulow made the rounds of political television shows on Sunday, he had two basic talking points: first, that President Trump's tweet on Friday that "I am under investigation" was just riffing on news reports, and that prosecutors had not told him he was under investigation. And second, that Mr. Trump's firing of the F.B.I. director last month could not be obstruction of justice because presidents have constitutional authority to fire subordinates.
But in trying to convey those points clearly, Mr. Sekulow, a prominent First Amendment advocate whom Mr. Trump recently hired to join his outside legal team, stumbled on "Fox News Sunday." Chris Wallace, the host, noted pointedly that Mr. Sekulow himself, in laying out his arguments, ended up twice stating that Mr. Trump was under investigation.
"Sir, you just said two times that he's being investigated," Mr. Wallace pointed out over Mr. Sekulow's sputtering protests that he had not said that. The video showed he indeed had, and a clip of it went viral on social media.