Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Trump's attorney contradicts himself on investigation denial

One of Donald Trump's lawyers insisted Sunday that the president was not under criminal investigation as part of the sweeping probe into Russia's alleged meddling in American elections, despite the U.S. leader's tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction". He also cited the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate intelligence committee, in which Comey said he had told Trump he was not under investigation in the months leading up to his May 9 firing.

President Trump confirmed Friday that he is under investigation for firing FBI Director James Comey.

Mr Trump, he said, was merely responding to an anonymously sourced Washington Post report that said special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into links between Trump aides and Russian Federation had expanded to look at Mr Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey.

The interview then changed topic to Trump's recent tweets, including one in which he said "I am being investigated", with Gingrich admitting the constant stream of social media posts does not help.

The Post broke a huge story four days ago, claiming that President Trump was under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for obstructing justice. "The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction".

President Donald Trump has appeared to acknowledge he is under investigation in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

Trump advisers describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy.

"As deputy attorney general, you are more involved in policy making, but in terms of the principles of the department and how we conduct our investigations and who we prosecute, those decisions are going to be made in the same way they have always been made", he said. The presidents response was as it related to "The Washington Post" report.

Trump fired Comey last month, saying "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to oust the nation's top law enforcement official while Comey was leading the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling. "No confusion. The president is not under investigation", Sekulow said. In the meeting, Trump requested that the men "put that recommendation in writing", the White House has contended, prompting Rosenstein to offer a formal recommendation to Trump that Comey be fired because he mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen.

It comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence. He is planning to interview two top USA intelligence officials about whether Trump sought their help to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off a related probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to three people familiar with the inquiry.

While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in on the widening legal investigations Sunday.

"Witch hunt" has become Trump's preferred phrase to dismiss the probe into Russian election interference.

Gingrich said he had lost confidence in Mueller because he is a friend of Comey, and said too many members of Mueller's investigative team have ties to Democrats.

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