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Trump Lawyer: Legal Team Not Preparing for Impeachment

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Attorney Jay Sekulow (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 July 2019 11:10 AM

President Donald Trump's legal team is not preparing for an impeachment battle, and the growing call from congressional Democrats for impeachment is just "political theater," Jay Sekulow, the president's personal attorney, said Tuesday.

"There is no impeachment team," Sekulow told ABC News' "The Investigation" podcast.  "I just don't see this as a real threat."

Eighty-five congressional Democrats have said they support the inquiry, but Sekulow said he is "not even sure they really want it . . . I think there's a lot of people that don't want, that are forced to say yeah, an impeachment inquiry should begin, that really don't want one."

Pro-impeachment Democrats are facing a battle from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other party leaders, and are expecting to get a boost when former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies July 17. Sekulow, however, said he does not think the ex-FBI director will deviate from his report and the hearings will mark the "great letdown."

Sekulow does, however, think Mueller will be in a "very difficult spot" when he is asked questions by Republicans about the background of his investigation, as there is a "lot of explaining to do."

But he denied he is briefing House Republicans on how to question Mueller. 

"I've written publicly about it, so they've seen that on some op-ed's and what not, other people have, too," Sekulow said. "I'm not gonna be surprised if Bob Mueller doesn't answer it. If he just says you know what, I'm sticking (to) my report."

There are several other pending legal matters, including the House Ways and Means Committee's lawsuit against the Department of Treasury for Trump's tax returns, and Sekulow said he expects that case will make it to the Supreme Court.

The returns are still under audit, Sekulow said, but he would not comment on the audit because of attorney-client privilege.

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Jay Sekulow, the president's personal attorney, said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's legal team is not preparing for an impeachment battle, and the growing call from congressional Democrats for impeachment is just "political theater."
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