Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation


"Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted, referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who in early May had written a memo for Trump recommending that former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey be fired.

One of Donald Trump s lawyers insisted Sunday that the president was not under criminal investigation as part of the sweeping probe into Russian Federation s alleged meddling in American elections, despite the United States leader s tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction".

He declared, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

But the big argument came when Wallace asked if the president believes that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is doing anything wrong, as the president seemingly blamed Rosenstein for the Special Counsel investigation.

But Jay Sekulow, part of Trump's legal team, said the president was writing about reports of an investigation, not an actual probe.

Mr Sekulow's comments seemed to establish the position the president will take on the Mueller investigation, in any public testimony which the attorney said the president was still willing to give.

Trump's personal lawyer, however, made it clear that the legal team is not sure for certain regarding the ongoing investigation against him.

He maintained that the president is not being investigated for obstruction of justice in an exchange with host Chris Wallace because they have not received a notice of investigation. That tweet was in response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources - without identifying the agencies they represented - saying that the special council had brought down his investigation to include the president.

The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he has attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.

Sekulow, however, said Trump's tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a "fake" media report with no "documented sources".

A fun activity when following the ever-unraveling Trump administration is watching the president's associates struggle to maintain their story lines despite their master's tweets.

Trump has not backed down from removing Mueller from the investigation, The New York Daily News reported.

He sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own probe into Russian election meddling.

On another question - Trump's suggestion that he may have tapes of conversations with Comey - Sekulow told CBS' Face The Nation, "I think the president is going to address that in the week ahead".

On Sunday, one of the president's lawyers refuted that.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House this week as to whether President Donald Trump has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

"They want to lay the foundation to discredit whatever Bob Mueller comes up with", Schiff said.

Trump returned to the White House on Sunday after spending Father s Day weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat. "Witch Hunt", he said in a tweet. He further acknowledged that he could not be certain that the report by Post was false.

"One way or the other, we need an answer", Schiff said on ABC's "This Week" yesterday.

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