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Lawyer says Donald Trump not under investigation

19 Juin 2017

The Post reported last week that special counsel Robert Mueller III, who was appointed to oversee the investigation into Russia's role in the election previous year, is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether Mr Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

"Let me clear: The president's not under investigation", Jay Sekulow told CNN's "State of the Union".

One of Donald Trump's personal lawyers has told reporters the President is not under investigation for obstruction of justice, but when pressed on the assertion, said he could not be certain.

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 USA leader's tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction". "But the president, as James Comey said in his testimony and as we know as of today, the president has not been and is not under investigation".

Sunday's tweets followed Trump's furious Twitter outburst on Friday in which he announced he is under investigation in connection with a probe into alleged Russian election meddling that has dogged the administration and gained steam in recent weeks.

A source familiar with the matter told CNN's Evan Perez that investigators for Mueller would speak with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.

Number one, the letter to the president of the United States from the attorney general of the United States is, 'Therefore, I must recommend you remove Director James Comey and identify an experienced and qualified individual to lead the great men and women of the FBI.' That's pretty unqualified. Significantly, the Washington Post claims that even before Mueller's appointment, the Justice Department had opened an investigation into Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

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The allegation arose after former FBI director James Comey testified that Trump had asked him to drop an investigation a couple of times into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

In an NBC interview on May 11, Trump said "When I chose to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story".

Sekulow answered by hyping the president's use of social media to access the public, and reiterated his criticisms of the article.

DICKERSON: Powers to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and let me ask you this question- SEKULOW: James Comey acknowledge that by the way John. But far more importantly President Trump has said that himself - twice: once to Lester Holt and the day earlier to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"Trump has a compulsion to counter attack and is very pugnacious", Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. The tweet in question was the last of four tweets Trump sent out about the investigation. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own. "If we want to put all this behind us, let's find out what happened, let's put it out there, and let's not undermine the credibility of the investigation".

Although members of his party, including Sen.

When NBC's Chuck Todd pointed out that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein specifically did not recommend Comey's firing, Sekulow smoothly and brazenly went ahead to conflate Rosenstein's words with those of Sessions, in order to bolster his argument. Now, there are also reports that Rosenstein, who has the sole power to remove Mueller from the investigation, is considering recusing himself.