Sekulow: 'The President Had Reason to Be Concerned' About the Information He Was Getting

By Susan Jones | January 25, 2020 | 4:47pm EST
Attorney to the president Jay Sekulow (Photo: Screen capture)
Attorney to the president Jay Sekulow (Photo: Screen capture)

( - "Let's for a moment put ourselves in the shoes of the president of the United States," President Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow told the U.S. Senate on Saturday morning.

Sekulow began his argument by explaining why the President might have asked Ukraine about certain investigations -- because he "did not, apparently, blindly trust some of the advice he was being given by the intelligence agencies."

"The president had reason to be concerned about the information he was being provided," Sekulow said.

Sekulow noted that even before he was sworn into office, Trump "was subjected to an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation called Crossfire Hurricane. The president, within six months of his inauguration, found a special counsel being appointed to investigate a Russia-collusion theory."

(As most Americans remember, Trump, knowing it wasn’t true, fumed and fumed about the "hoax" and the "witch hunt.")

Sekulow held up part one of the Mueller report -- 199 pages -- and read Mueller's conclusion: "As it relates to this whole matter of collusion and conspiracy, ultimately, this investigation did not establish that the campaign coordinated or conspired with Russian government in selection interference activities."

Sekulow noted that in a summation on Thursday night, House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)"complained that the president chose not to go with the determination of his intelligence agencies regarding foreign interference and instead decided to listen to people that he trusted, and he would inquire about the Ukraine issue himself.

"Mr. Schiff did not like the fact that the president did not apparently blindly trust some of the advice he was being given by the intelligence agencies," Sekulow said.

"First of all, let me be clear," Sekulow said. "Disagreeing with the president's decision on foreign policy matters or whose advice he's going to take is in no way is an impeachable offense. Second, Mr. Schiff and Mr. Nadler, of all people -- because they chair significant committees -- really should know this."

Sekulow also pointed to recent reports, including one from the Justice Department inspector general, saying that FBI officials gave "material misstatements and omissions in applications" for FISA warrants on Carter Page, a Trump campaign volunteer.

As the FISA court put it, "there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that Carter page was acting as an agent of a foreign power."

"The president had reason to be concerned about the information he was being provided," Sekulow said. "Now, we could ignore this. We could make believe this did not happen, but it did."


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