Trump lawyer spars with Fox News host

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBullock: Missing first debate not a 'blow to my campaign' Cotton: 'Healthy skepticism warranted' when dealing with Democrats on immigration Cotton: I hope Trump's statement 'got through' to Iran's leaders MORE sparred with Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowTrump Jr. on testimony: 'Glad this is finally over' Trump Jr. back for second interview with Intelligence panel Cohen challenges Sekulow to testify about Trump Tower meetings MORE, a member of President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE's legal defense team, on Sunday over whether the president has become a target of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation.

Sekulow originally denied that Trump had fallen under investigation, but later appeared to reverse that assertion, saying that "he's being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommending him to take."

"You've now said that he is being investigated," Wallace said. "You just said, sir, you just said that he's being investigated."


"Let me be crystal clear so you completely understand, we have not received, nor are we aware of any investigation of the president of the United States. Period," Sekulow responded.

When Wallace pressed him on the apparent contradictions in his statements, Sekulow insisted that he had been clear that the president was not under investigation, and accused the Fox News host of "putting words in my mouth."

"I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth, when I've been crystal clear that the president is not and has not been under investigation," Sekulow said.

Wallace joked that Sekulow seemed not to know whether the president was being probed or not.

"Well, you don't know that he's not under investigation, again sir," Wallace said.

"You're right, Chris, I can't read the mind of the special prosecutor," Sekulow responded.

"Okay, well good, we're in agreement," Wallace replied. "You don't know whether he's under investigation or not."

The Washington Post reported last Wednesday that Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election had expanded to include of probe of Trump himself for allegedly attempting to obstruct justice.

--This report was updated at 10:24 a.m.