Trump lawyer touts petition to stop 'soft coup' against Trump

Trump lawyer touts petition to stop 'soft coup' against Trump
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE's lawyer Jay Sekulow used his personal Twitter account on Friday to promote conspiracy theories about "the Deep State" and a "soft coup" against Trump, calling on the president's supporters to fight back.

In a tweet, the attorney linked to a petition from the right-leaning American Center for Law and Justice, which Sekulow has run since 1992, that accuses the Obama State Department, run in part by former Secretary Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonProminent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia Trump tweets old video of Clinton talking up 'a strong Russia' MORE, of being part of a "shadow government" involved in a "soft coup" of the Trump administration.

"The revelation about the extent to which the #Clinton State Department colluded with the #ClintonFoundation should shock no one. The #DeepState is real, and it’s putting our #NationalSecurity in jeopardy. Sign to fight back," Sekulow wrote on Twitter.

Sekulow is one of several attorneys involved in Trump's legal defense amidst the special counsel's investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russia.

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The American Center for Law and Justice accuses former President Obama of taking "action to empower the entrenched bureaucracy to subvert our national security" and calls on supporters to sign the petition to "stop the soft coup and the rampant leak of classified information" from the Trump administration.

It was unclear to what "revelation" about the State Department the attorney was referring, but Sekulow's tweet came just hours after the conservative group Judicial Watch posted emails obtained from the State Department showing Clinton Foundation business being conducted on Clinton's private email server, which the group claimed proved "collusion" between the agency and Clinton's family foundation.

Trump and his allies claimed without evidence during the campaign that Clinton was involved in a "pay-to-play" scheme at the State Department, trading diplomatic favors for donations to the Clinton Foundation.