Combat and confusion: A debate on whether Mueller is or isn’t investigating Trump

It all depends on the meaning of the word “investigation.”

That, apparently, is where we are in the constant debate about President Trump, Robert Mueller and the prosecutorial machinery clanking into action.

It seems to me largely semantics, but the is-he-or-isn’t-he argument stems from the latest push by the White House.

Jay Sekulow, a conservative attorney who is now a member of Trump’s legal team, has emerged as the president’s chief television defender. And in blitzing four Sunday shows, he mounted the argument that the special counsel is not investigating Trump.

Which would seem to be at odds with the president’s Friday tweet:

“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.” (That was a swipe at his own deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who both wrote the fire-Jim-Comey memo—though Trump was already planning to do so—and named Mueller as special counsel.)

But in his contentious Sunday interviews, Sekulow said the tweet had been misinterpreted.

Here’s what he told Chris Wallace: “That tweet, Chris, was in response to the Washington Post story that alleged that five unnamed sources, anonymous sources, leaked to the Washington Post that the…

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