Yesterday saw the Sunday Morning talk show debut of Jay Sekulow, Donald Trump’s new attorney, who made the rounds apparently with one purpose in mind: To convince America that Donald Trump is not under investigation, notwithstanding the fact that Donald Trump confirmed he was under investigation on Twitter last week. I watched Sekulow’s performance on a couple of outlets, and it did not go well for him.
Sekulow was particularly bad on Fox News, of all places, where Chris Wallace shredded all of his arguments. The entire 11-minute interview is fun to watch if you like seeing Trump surrogates awkwardly attempt to defend the President and then get angry when a “friendly” network doesn’t play along. If you’re short on time, however, this two-minute clip will give you the gist.
Holy crap. This exchange between Chris Wallace and Trump's lawyer is absolutely incredible. pic.twitter.com/Wem33Lc1VK— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 18, 2017
What is doubly ironic about the fact that Trump’s personal attorney is being humiliated on Fox News is that Sekulow himself is a frequent presence on Fox News as a commentator (Salon suggests that this may be why Trump hired him, because he was impressed with one of his appearances on Fox News). What’s odd, however, is that Sekulow has no experience with this sort of case. He has argued several times in front of the Supreme Court, but Sekulow typically works as a First Amendment lawyer defending the right of Christians to say and do often terrible, bigoted things. Sekulow is the Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice, a conservative Christian-based social activism outfit founded by Pat Robertson. It’s an organization that also supports criminalizing homosexuality in Africa. I have no idea why a Christian conservative lawyer would work for the morally repugnant Donald Trump, but he’s doing no favors for his client here.