President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, appeared in an awkward interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday.
In the interview, Sekulow both confirmed and denied that Trump was being investigated for obstruction of justice.
It all started when Wallace asked Sekulow about Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Sekulow defended the president’s decision to do so.
“He takes the action that [the Attorney General’s office] recommended and now he’s being investigated by the Department of Justice,” Sekulow complained. “He’s being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the terminations!”
“You’ve now said he is being investigated after saying [he isn’t],” Wallace observed.
“No, he’s not being investigated!” Sekulow shot back.
“You just said he’s being investigated,” Wallace noted.
Sekulow tried to clarify, saying that Trump wasn’t under investigation.
“Sir, you just said two times that he’s being investigated,” the Fox News host said. “And he’s not just being investigated for firing Comey, there’s also what he said to Comey when Comey was still the FBI director.”
“I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth,” Sekulow complained. “When I have been crystal clear that the president is not and has not been under investigation.”
“You do not know that he has not been under investigation, sir,” Wallace pointed out. “Actually, what I’m trying to get is a straight answer out of you.”
Sekulow said that it would be impossible to say the president has done anything wrong “because there is not an investigation.”
“Oh boy, this is weird,” Wallace interrupted. “You don’t know whether there is an investigation. You just told us that.”
See the full exchange below: