Fireworks explode when Chris Wallace confronts top Trump attorney about FBI investigation

Gladys Abbott
June 20, 2017

Sekulow won the case in a unanimous decision that struck down the measure.

He also hosts Jay Sekulow Live!, a daily radio show broadcast on more than 800 stations, and has more than four million followers on Facebook, where his posts alternate between warnings about Christians' free speech being impinged and videos of The Jay Sekulow Band pumping out religious-themed mid-tempo rock. "He's been intimately involved in helping nominees like Samuel Alito and John Roberts get on the court, and it's safe to say I would fundamentally disagree with his vision of justice, and his views on civil rights, women's rights and civil liberties". But for Sekulow, arguing before the Supreme Court was a formative moment, "probably the most intense experience of my life". "I can't imagine a scenario where the president would not be aware of it".

It was an unusual move for Sekulow, now 61. Late a year ago, ACLJ sued the Justice Department, seeking records of the June meeting at the Phoenix airport between then-Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and former president Bill Clinton.

What Sekulow told Wallace was ominous because it laid out how Trump may try to remove the special counsel.

The combative lawyer who made the rounds defending President Trump on the Sunday talk shows is not well-known to Washington's criminal defense bar. Like Trump, Sekulow is a veteran of Fox News, where he serves as a legal analyst.

But so far, Sekulow's short tenure as Trump's personal defender on TV hasn't been so smooth.

A longtime legal expert who recently joined Trump's team, Sekulow appeared on several politics shows, among them Meet the Press, Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday, to defend the president after Trump tweeted that he was "being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the man who told me to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director". The president took action on that recommendation, now the president is being investigated by the Department of Justice.

"Here's what you're trying to do, Chris", Sekulow said.

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Wallace went in for the kill.

"You've now said that he is being investigated after saying that you didn't", Chris Wallace noted.

A native of Brooklyn who grew up on Long Island, Sekulow is a self-described Messianic Jew and was a member of the board of the evangelical group Jews for Jesus.

President Donald Trump can't seem to decide whether he's under investigation for obstruction of justice in connection with a larger probe into Russia's interference in the election.

"But you don't know that he's not under investigation again, sir?"

President Trump added Sekulow to his legal team just this month, and it's clear he's already making a splash.

The makeup of the Trump team, specifically its inexperience with the unique challenges of high-level Washington probes, became a target of ridicule last week from Trump critics, which only increased with the appearance of Sekulow.

Sekulow's work has proved controversial.

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