(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Thursday that news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly empaneled a grand jury in the Russia probe was “not a surprise,” because that’s typically how those investigations move forward and he has “no reason to believe the president’s under investigation.”
When asked whether he had advance notice that the jury would be empaneled, Sekulow said, “No, but this is not a surprise, because the impaneling of a grand jury in situations like this when you got an investigation is typically how they move forward.
“It is really very much standard operating procedure when you got a situation like this, but with respect to the impaneling of a grand jury, we have no reason to believe the president’s under investigation here,” Sekulow added.
News that a grand jury being empaneled was reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
Cavuto asked Sekulow about a Reuters report that the grand jury issued subpoenas related to the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer.
“Do you know anything about that?” Cavuto asked.
“No, I mean, I’m hearing what you’re hearing,” Sekulow responded. “Again, grand juries are supposed to be secret proceedings – evidently not so secret right now. It’s out there.”
Sekulow said it’s not unusual for Mueller “to move expeditiously through the process for what his mandate is.”
When asked to weigh on speculation that the president can’t even think of firing Mueller now, Sekulow said, “Well the president is not thinking about firing Bob Mueller, so this speculation that’s out there is just incorrect.”
“Would you advise him even regardless of a grand jury that that would be a bad idea?” Cavuto asked.
“Look, my job is to deal with what? I’ve got to deal with the facts as we have them and the case as we have it. The decision that the president were to make on Bob Mueller is a decision that I’m not involved in, would not be involved in, and frankly, the president has not raised with me, with our legal team – the dismissal of Bob Mueller, so I think that’s again, it’s speculation,” Sekulow said.
“A lot of people are talking about that. There was that whole story a couple of weeks back about his Jeff Sessions situation and does that relate to Bob Mueller being removed, and that proved not to be the case at all,” Sekulow added.
Cavuto asked how Sekulow feels about Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) saying that Mueller should resign because of a conflict of interest because of his friendship with former FBI Director James Comey and that Mueller’s staff “consists of a lot of Hillary Clinton paid operatives or gave money to her campaign or worked in the Obama administration.
“This goes to the issues of conflicts, and any lawyer in an any case, constantly evaluates a situation where a conflict might arise,” Sekulow said. “If a conflict arises to the point where we were concerned about it, we would raise it in the appropriate venue. That would include either with the special counsel himself or with the deputy attorney general.”
“Have you done that?” Cavuto asked.
“We have not raised those issues at this point,” Sekulow responded.
When asked how he thought word of the grand jury empaneling got out, Sekulow said, “There’s the question. You know these are supposed to be proceedings in secret. They’re supposed to be not public, but again, if subpoenas were issued as is being reported, and people were being required to put documents up, there could be multiple sources. Generally, it’s not supposed to happen, but as you know, Neil, it happens often.”