“Hasn’t anyone explained to the president that [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself?” Cuomo asked Sekulow before explaining the Justice Department’s conflict of interest guidelines.
The attorney responded by noting that Sessions recused himself before the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
“The regulation has nothing to do with what actually transpired,” Sekulow said.
Later in the interview, Cuomo brought up the president’s interview with NBC’s Lester Holt in which he admitted he wanted to fire the FBI director because of the Russia probe.
“There is actually a transcript of the entire Lester Holt interview,” the attorney said. “And as you know, because you do TV and know that when there are interviews, there are edits and there is a longer transcript. And I will just tell you without disclosing any detail, that when you review the entire transcript, it is very clear as to what happened and I’m not going to give you information on how we provided it, but in our professional discussions with the office of special counsel, we have addressed that on multiple occasions appropriately.”
Sekulow continued, insisting that when one views “the entire evidence,” they won’t hear the agreed-upon claim that Trump admitted to obstructing justice in the interview.
The attorney went on, adding that turning an edited news clip “into a federal case” is wrong and unconstitutional.
The host noted that not long after the Holt interview, Trump invited the Russian foreign minister into the Oval Office and bragged about the pressure being off of him after Comey was fired.
“You’re acting as if that’s not a constitutional right if that was, in fact, what was in his mind,” Sekulow said, and the argument devolved into chaos from there.
Watch below, via CNN.
Mitch McConnell flattened by ex-White House official for plan to rush through Ginsburg replacement
Appearing with CNN host Anderson Cooper, former White House adviser David Gergen rained hell on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after he announced he would rush through a vote on a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just hours after it was announced she had passed away.
Gergen, who served in the White House under both Republican and Democratic presidents seemed beside himself with anger when he talked about McConnell who notoriously blocked Merrick Garland from the court after being nominated by former President Barack Obama.
"Mitch McConnell has just thrown down the gauntlet, we're going to have a titanic fight over this," Gergen exclaimed. "Yes, as Jeffrey [Toobin] has said, it will mobilize a lot of people on the right, the hunger still to overturn Roe vs Wade to get social issues on the 6-3 court, they will think Donald Trump has delivered on his promises."
‘The White House is panicking’: Ex-Trump official says president is freaking out about latest defection
Olivia Troye, the former top Homeland Security aide to Vice President Mike Pence, came out on Thursday to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden in a devastating new ad that shredded President Donald Trump's fitness for the presidency.
Miles Taylor, another former Trump national security official who has similarly endorsed Biden over his former boss, told CNN on Friday that Troye's defection has the president sweating bullets.
‘Beyond unconscionable’: Martin Luther King III tears into Bill Barr for comparing COVID lockdowns to slavery
On CNN Thursday, Martin Luther King III excoriated Attorney General William Barr for his speech comparing COVID-19 lockdowns to slavery.
"This is beyond unconscionable," said King. "To even compare it to the most cruel institution in history, in modern history, slavery, for over 200 years, is unconscionable. It is very sad that that's where we are in this nation."
"But also, when you think about the fact that this administration basically does not acknowledge systematic racism, that everyone realizes, most people who see visually that it exists, this administrator, the president, has stood up in Charlottesville for those who really promote hatred," said King. "This administration decided to disable protesters, nonviolent protesters in front of the White House. And so when you think about all these things, most importantly, refuses to acknowledge and hold policemen accountable for behavior that becomes fatal for so many in the African-American community, not to mention the virus that seems to affect Blacks and Browns in a disproportionate level, and a lack of management."