(CNSNews.com) – “This Russian investigation has gone nowhere, so they’re coming up with new charges,” said Jay Sekulow, one of President Trump’s attorneys.
Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, was reacting to a report in Thursday’s Washington Post that says Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump “for possible obstruction of justice.”
The report, based on five anonymous sources, describes the latest (alleged) development in the investigation as a “major turning point.”
The newspaper said investigators also are looking for evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.
“If this is true that five individuals inside of the United States government, whether it was the FBI or the Special Counsel’s office -- wherever it came from -- leaked information about the president of the United States to the Washington Post, information about a supposed investigation, that is a crime,” Sekulow told Fox News’s Sean Hannity Wednesday night.
“We can say it's outrageous, we can say it’s irresponsible. The leak of this information is a crime. And I don't care if you're Republican, Democrat -- it doesn't matter. Why in the world would we allow, in the United States of America, for information like this to be released?”
Sekulow quoted for FBI director James Comey as saying, “’We do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information.’ No, they're not holding press conferences – they’re just leaking internal information if it happens to ‘The Washington Post,’” Sekulow said.
President Trump tweeted his outrage on Thursday morning: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice," the president wrote around 7 a.m.
An hour later, the president tweeted: "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA"
Sean Hannity opined on Wednesday evening that Mueller “needs to go.”
Fox News reporter Greg Jarrett said if the Washington Post story is true, “then it is abundantly clear that Mueller must resign.”
According to Jarrett, the special counsel statute says, if you have a personal relationship with someone substantially involved in the case you shall not serve as special counsel. It's mandatory language…He must recuse.”
Mueller is close friends with former FBI Director James Comey, one of the star witnesses in the case.
“You cannot have the prosecutor that close to the and perhaps only witness,” Jarrett added.
Sekulow asked, “So why is not the FBI tonight finding out who these five leakers are?”
“This is not the way the justice system is supposed to work,” Trump’s attorney added.
Adam Entous is one of the reporters who broke the Washington Post story that the FBI has (supposedly) opened a criminal investigation into the president and is now interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of that probe.
Entous, interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wednesday night, said:
“The way it was described to us, is a file has been opened on the president for the first time that is looking at him for obstruction -- potentially for obstruction of justice. Now that doesn't mean that that's where Mueller will end up after he does these interviews.
"He could decide after talking to Comey, after reviewing the evidence and interviewing others that what they tell him does not back up bringing any charges or trying to bring any charges for attempted obstruction. This is just -- he is beginning these interviews, that's what we have learned.”
The newspaper reported that the FBI started the alleged obstruction investigation within days of Comey being fired.
“That means it wasn't Robert Mueller's decision personally to launch this investigation into the president -- it would have been started before him, is that right?” Maddow asked Entous.
“Yeah," Entous said, "that's what we were told by our sources that basically Mueller, when he came in, basically absorbed a lot of investigations that were out there that had been started, looking at different aspects of the case. And so all of these are brought together under the special counsel, and that way he can decide how to deconflict between the different aspects of the investigations that are under way and basically decide how to deploy his resources.”