Sunday Talks: John Dickerson -vs- Jay Sekulow

A transcript is available here for those who don’t want to hear the banter:

SEKULOW: The president issued that tweet on social media because of the report in the Washington Post from five anonymous sources none of which, of course, anyone knows about, alleging that the president was under investigation in this purported expanded probe.

The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation. So this was his response, via twitter, via social media was in response to the Washington Post piece with five anonymous sources. And by the way John the five anonymous sources, they don’t even identify the agencies upon which these individuals reportedly worked. So the response there is clear and I want be really clear about this. The president is not and has not been under investigation.

DICKERSON: How do you know?

SEKULOW: Because we’ve received no notice of investigation. There has been no notification from the special counsel’s office that the president is under investigation. In fact, to the contrary. What we know is what James Comey said, the last thing we know is when he testified just a couple weeks back. That the President was not and is not a target of investigation. (more)

But, but…. Muh RUSSIA, RUSSIA…. RUSSIA...

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60 Responses to Sunday Talks: John Dickerson -vs- Jay Sekulow

  1. This is the second interview I have seen where this lawyer does not push back in a direction he could. Interviewer, when told by the lawyer that the President is not under investigation, asks how do you know. The lawyer falls for it. Why does he not ask the interviewer back how he (the interviewer) knows he is? Same thing this morning on Fox. When told he was reading people’s minds, the same thing could have been said about the Fox interviewer. But was not.

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    • Larry Bucar says:

      Jay Sekulow is a BOSS with a dozen arguments in front of SCOTUS. Jay falls for nothing and kicked pretty boy’s JDick’s ass.

      Liked by 22 people

    • Oldschool says:

      Totally agree. Most dumb questions could be turned around to them. Sessions did exactly that with wyden. It shuts their yaps.

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    • philo says:

      It’s called “not dumping your briefcase”. If Sekulow came out with any sort of “offensive” statement it would immediately be considered as a “defensive” maneuver. Let the other guy screw up first. It’s a basic principle of politics, poker, and business negotiation. FWIW I trust Jay Sekulow.

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  2. freddiel says:

    I rarely watch news on TV but happened to catch this interview. It was very uncomfortable to watch. If Mr. Sekulow is going to be a spokesman for President Trump, then he will need to learn how to control the narrative and grow a tougher skin.

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    • freddiel says:

      My bad. I watched the Fox interview on TV. My comment still stands, though.

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    • Owlen Rose says:

      He did a great job. Jay’s credentials are as high as they come. He emphatically pointed out in all the interviews today that Trump is not under investigation, and for all intensive purposes, the WaPo story was a lie. Home Run.

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    • MR52 says:

      Ha, he just needed to stick a knife in it and call it done. I think he needs to attach harder. Rumsfeld made this an art. I needs to watch a few of those press conferences. Trump should bring Rummy back as his press sec.

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  3. Anne says:

    The video is not accessible to viewers outside the US. This one is:

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  4. Sylvia Avery says:

    Sundance, once again thank you for the transcript. Reading it is easier than listening to the bullying and hectoring. Greatly appreciated.

    Liked by 11 people

  5. Southern Son says:

    I am Very Proud of Jay!
    We need More Like Minded Patriots, to come forward to the Battle Lines.
    Republicans should be Ashamed!
    NEVER BEFORE!, has a sitting President, had to Suffer such Daily, and Continuous attacks.
    And the Attacks, are
    All Unfounded and Unsustantiated.
    From the Enemedia, Past Administration Officials, Career Politictial Beauracratic Hacks, and his Own Political Party!
    THEY are Ignoring True Justice, and Us.
    This is Proof of their Corruption!

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    • Agree! At least with Demtards you can see what they are doing out in the open. But the Uni-rats (aka Republicans) are silent as a church mouse and not saying anything. Silence is acquiescence in my book.

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      • litlbit2 says:

        Silence to me points a very big finger towards those that are part of this scam. I pray in time the plane ride to Gitmo is loaded with these corrupt individuals.

        Most intelligent folks have a very good idea who many are hiding in the weeds.

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  6. Anne says:

    The job of Jay Sekulow was to explain away the tweet of president Trump that was interpreted as a confirmation that he was under investigation.

    Jay Sekulow explains that this tweet was not a confirmation of investigation, but a response to the Faked News WaPo article. I think he was pretty convincing.

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    • luke says:

      Idk that tweet to me looks like a direct message to RR and that was after Rosenstein released the memo about the media anonymous sources. Yes, I know Trump has done nothing wrong, but do you think that matters (see Libby/Plame). This is an attempt to either remove Trump or get him bogged down. I think the President knows it. He’s obviously pretty smart.

      I think he should can this Investigation and/or fire RR. Take the incoming from the media. Many of the Republicans are in on this. I’m sure most of you can understand that. We must apply pressure to them. Sessions needs to lose the Nice guy and find a pair quick. He needs to start charging Swamp Creatures with actual crimes; although I’m not against making something up for God’s sake that’s what they’re doing to us.

      SD we may have to agree to disagree on this but I don’t see a situation where Mueller comes out delivering justice to those that deserve it most. I hope I’m wrong; believe me I do. Look at the past of Comey, Mueller, Fitzgerald to understand the future.

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      • The Boss says:

        That tweet accomplished exactly what I suspect it was intended to do. Keep the Deep State and its media apparatus off balance and looking at a shiny Russian object. These fools will rue the day they went snipe hunting, when they wake up and find their world crashing in on them from all directions. Their arrogance and misuse of their strength is their weakness.

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      • ronheinzkaboot says:

        I agree this Mueller special counsel accomplishes three things, 1) it gives the DNC the new narrative to use now that the collusion investigation has been proven a lie all along. 2) allows the GOP to stall Trumps agenda or go against it without fallout and 3) wears down Trump personally–frustrates him to tweet or fire Mueller or lash out to do something they can twist to make into obstruction, to financially and emotionally penalize him so that he does not want to continue to be President or run again in 2020.
        The GOP is compliant because its also meant to train the voter. Don’t try this again.
        Vote your lane and don’t ask questions when the people you voted for don’t do anything to your benefit or what you voted them in for.

        I really like Sessions but he never should have taken the job and he certainly should never have recused himself. They either need to fire Mueller or they need do what Andrew McCarthy says and make the special counsel and DAG clearly describe the scope of the investigation. And Sessions needs to open an investigation and grand jury into the unmasking of Flynn and Obama’s spying.

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        • Coldeadhands says:

          Andrew McCarthy has done great work prosecuting terrorists. Wish he had stuck to that vocation. His continued reluctance to leave behind his never Trump roots and embrace the new President leaves me cold. I take anything he has to say about the way our President conducts his office with a big block of salt.

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      • The Demon Slick says:

        CFR 600.1 says that the special counsel is only for the investigation into a criminal matter. The special counsel statute was appointed without a crime, and is therefore ILLEGAL. Adding a crime later to his mandate does not change that. In addition, Mueller is hopelessly conflicted. His naming by Rosenstein and his willing and knowingly accepting the position violated both CFR 600 and the bar code of ethics. They and Comey should be fired for violating the statute then disbarred and prosecuted. Make them follow the rules. Hurt them back. Screw the media they cry no matter what Trump does.

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    • sha44ss says:

      This is an instance where knowing about punctuation is important. “The exclamation mark is used to express exasperation, astonishment, or surprise, or to emphasise a comment or short, sharp phrase. In professional or everyday writing, exclamation marks are used sparingly if at all” He should have put a question mark along with the Exclamation point to make it clear he was *astonished & *questioning the statement.

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    • i'm just sayin'.. says:

      PT was mocking WaPo in that tweet

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  7. Sloth1963 says:

    Yet the Sarlacc’s hunger grows unabated 🙂

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  8. Donna in Oregon says:

    I’m with Sundance. muh Russia Collusion and Obstruction Charges: The crime has never been established. There is no evidence that President Trump is involved. President Trump is not under investigation.

    The leaking however, has been established. There is evidence of leaking. But not by President Trump. President Trump was not in office when classified information was distributed and given to the press. As Obama admin was the centerpiece of this issue. Leaking is a crime.

    Updates – Who Is Evelyn Farkas and Why Did She Spill The Beans on Obama’s Secret Surveillance Operation?…
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/03/29/updates-who-is-evelyn-farkas-and-why-did-she-spill-the-beans-on-obamas-secret-surveillance-operation/

    Thank you Sundance. It is nice not to have to sweat the little things. 🙂

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  9. Anne says:

    Now this:

    Robert Mueller hasn’t decided whether to actually investigate Trump: Report

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/robert-mueller-hasnt-decided-whether-to-actually-investigate-trump-report/article/2626336

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    • Anne says:

      “Now, my sources are telling me he’s begun some preliminary planning,” Pierre Thomas, the ABC News senior justice correspondent, said of Mueller on ABC’s “This Week.” “Plans to talk to some people in the administration. But he’s not yet made that momentous decision to go for a full-scale investigation.”

      The Mueller team is leaking to Pierre Thomas?

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      • ALEX says:

        It’s up to you if you believe this. I don’t. That’s gossip.

        “Sources telling me…Plans to…not yet…” all in one nice paragraph of BS

        Liked by 6 people

      • i'm just sayin'.. says:

        I’ve done some preliminary planning to buy a Ferrari. I have looked up Ferrari on the internet and saw a Ferrari parked in town. However, I have not yet made that momentous decision to go for a full scale purchase.

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    • Sharo says:

      Anne why do you fall for this fake news again? Same as WaPo and others!

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  10. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Great job by Sekulow. He is the perfect spokesperson for Team Trump Legal.

    Also, Dickerson was 1,000 times better in this interview with Sekulow than Whiny Chris Wallace was with Sekulow later in the day.

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  11. joemariner says:

    A voice of reason to defend President Trump. Finally.

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    • StateSovereigntyNationalUnion says:

      The attorneys do a more effective job communicating because they are experienced in dealing with a highly adversarial process — in this case the media establishment being run as an opposition campaign — attacking/criticizing everythingTrump does or doesn’t do or choses not to comment on as if his entire Presidency is one big investigation.

      The legal team doesn’t let the press get away with asking nonsubstantiated or missleading questions, they just cut it off or restate a more appropriate question and then answer. And they repeat the take away point multiple times as they should.

      WH comms should take notice that this strategy is actually effective and the media is backing down. It does no good to try to appease the adversarial press by trying to answer or talk around nonsensical or completely slanted lines of questioning.

      I still hope T45 pulls the trigger on more upgrades to comms.

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  12. Pam says:

    Thank you Sundance for the transcript. Sekulow is a good man.

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Landslide says:

    Jay is a FIGHTER. A highly intelligent and quick fighter. Have admired him for years. SO glad to see him representing our president!

    Liked by 6 people

  14. I liked the way he is calling the shooting an assassination attempt in at least one of his interviews today. This is important. The MSM keeps calling it a shooting. It was definitely multiple assassination attempts.

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  15. El Torito says:

    Sekulow is the man. Wallace is the worst.

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  16. MVW says:

    Look, there is no way we are going to understand what Trump and team are doing or their real target. (There was one ‘tell’ that I can point to and that was Session’s famous smile at that press conference). Trump confounds world class groups of ‘killers’, and remains unpredictable. There is only one way to do that. Extreme secrecy, extreme to the ultimate. So many head fakes.

    Face it. We aren’t going to have a clue until it is all done. Maybe not even then.

    There is one thing Trump can’t tolerate, pedophilia. Sessions and team are going after them. It may also be the one Achilles key to bring down the syndicate pulling the rope on mankind’s neck.

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  17. Disgusted says:

    Where can I get an explanation of the constant addition of the word(?)MUH always used here before “Russia”? I am a constant reader here, and have never understood why it is attached to the fake Russian story. EVERYBODY else seems to know!

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    • Muh” is Internet slang for “my,” the first-person, possessive pronoun in the English language. On 4chan, a series of image macros mimicking entries in the Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms contain variations of the phrasal template “Muh X” accompanied by descriptions which mock political, religious and ethnic groups.
      http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/muh

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      • Disgusted says:

        Thanks so much WWA for trying to help me understand. Since I also have no idea what “4channel” might be, or even what “image macros” are, or even what a “phrasal template” could be, I’m going to the back of the class to google these things right now. Disgusted

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      • steph_gray says:

        Yes! I’ve often thought of asking the same question. Pretty much guessed from context but this is helpful. So, to use it in a sentence, a snowflake might be heard to mutter “Muh safe space!” when confronted with MAGA in general…?

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  18. chick20112011 says:

    The “five anonymous sources” must include the 4 writers of the ComPost.

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  19. sha44ss says:

    Jay Sekulow is not only one of the greatest legal minds fighting for our freedoms in DC….he and his band are talented as well.

    https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FJaySekulow%2Fvideos%2F1564242706984657%2F&show_text=1&width=560

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  20. Bill Wright says:

    PDJT’s tweet is correct as written. Why else is Kangaroo Bob staffing up with financial crimes and obstruction of justice lawyers. They are heading toward Kushner, Manafort, Flynn, Trump, and Page’s finances. Once they issue subpoenas on those, they flip them to testify against Trump or Kushner. Trump should pardon everyone now before the subpoenas start flying from the Alexandria judge.

    Meanwhile Ryan the traitor is advising the President to let the process play out. Bull crap! Trump needs to fight and fight now. He needs to fight like he has never fought in his life.

    Rosenstein is a snake. Remember the snake poem?

    http://www.militaryvotescount.com/2017/06/17/why-is-trump-not-fighting-back/

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  21. Coast says:

    Jay did a much better job at this interview, being more clear regarding the content of the tweet, whereas I think he did a poor job with Chris Wallace. President Trump tweet, saying “I’m under investigation…” doesn’t help when the argument needs to be that the President is not under investigation, Responding to the news story, the President’s tweet should have started with “If I’m under investigation….”.

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  22. Mike diamond says:

    The show should not be face the nation ! But liberal media twist the truth !

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