If one listens carefully, one hears the sound of a body thumping to the pavement, a diesel engine revving up, and the sickening “squelching” sound of bus tires running over the body of Donald Trump, Jr.
Sleazebag Christofascist Lawyer Jay Sekulow appeared on all the Sunday Shows this morning to demonstrate how Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting with Russians promising to feed him beefy bits of Hillary Clinton info was everybody’s fault but the President’s, or the Russians.
FOX NEWS SUNDAY
You said the Russians,” Sekulow complained. “This was a lawyer who was Russian… This idea that it may have involved opposition research, the fact is the Ukrainians at the time were working with the DNC and the Clinton campaign.”
“The point is it does show intent, willingness,” Wallace replied. “Perhaps not actual collusion… doesn’t it show intent and willingness on the part of Don Jr. and Jared [Kushner] and Paul Manafort to collude with the Russians?”
“You know that goes on in campaigns all the time,” Sekulow scoffed. “Opposition research is a big part of campaigning.”
“It doesn’t go on with the Russians all the time,” Wallace observed.
STATE OF THE UNION
“I understand you’re a lawyer but you’re also a man of faith,” [Jake] Tapper began. “Isn’t it kind of important whether or not what Donald Trump Jr., [Paul] Manafort and [Jared] Kushner did, isn’t it important, whether or not it’s legal, whether or not it’s wrong? Whether or not it’s ethical?
“You’re conflating three perspectives here, Jake,” Sekulow parried. “The legality: was the meeting and what took place legal or not? Almost every legal expert says it’s not illegal. Then you’re trying to put a moral and ethical aspect to it and it’s easy to do that in 20/20 hindsight but not when you’re in the middle of a campaign.”
“I’m not a campaign lawyer and I wasn’t a campaign lawyer as the meetings were taking place,” Sekulow continued. “Everybody looking backwards and saying would’ve, should’ve, could’ve. But to go back a year later and say this is what should have happened when the meeting was 20 minutes and a series of meetings that took place days and days for months, I don’t think that’s fair to Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner or Paul Manafort for that matter.’
“Not with the governments of hostile foreign powers, Jay. That’s not normal,” Tapper pressed.
THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANAPOLUS
Sekulow reiterated that he has seen no indication that the president is under investigation by either the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III or the House or Senate intelligence committees’ probes.
Sekulow put the responsibility for the initial incomplete response regarding last summer’s meeting squarely on the shoulders of the president’s son. “The president was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement. It came from Donald Trump Jr.,” Sekulow said of Trump Jr.’s initial statement to the New York Times.
MEET THE PRESS
Asked on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” if he knew the names of everyone who attended Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Jay Sekulow said he did not and went on to insist unprompted that Trump was not among their number.
“I don’t represent Donald Trump Jr. and I do not know everyone for sure that was at that meeting and the President was not at the meeting,” Sekulow said. “I can tell you he was not there. The President was not aware of the meeting and did not attend it.”
“That was information that was controlled not by my client, not by the President. It was controlled by Donald Trump Jr.,” he said. “The President was not involved in that decision.”
FACE THE NATION
JOHN DICKERSON: Would it- And so would it help the president’s case if he testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and others who’s asked for him to testify?
JAY SEKULOW: Well that, well, look. That’s a conversation that would take place between Donald Trump Jr. and his lawyer. He said he’s willing to talk about it. He’s willing to testify. I’m not going to get into particulars of what that testimony would – would be involved. I’m not his lawyer.
The takeaway from the morning shows?
Good luck, Junior.