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Donald Trump is yelling at TVs in White House over Russian Federation probe

19 June 2017

A lawyer for Mr Trump legal team later asserted the President is not under investigation, despite the the tweet.

"Trump has a compulsion to counter attack and is very pugnacious", Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

"I can say categorically that the collusion, the cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over". He said Trump's statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that said, in part, "it should be obvious to everyone that this is a political favor from President Trump to a few influential members of congress who have never set foot in Cuba and who represent a tiny minority of the American people". Claims also arose that Trump asked the director of the National Security Agency to declare that he was not under investigation and asked the Director of National Intelligence to tell Comey to back off the Flynn investigation.

On the facts we know now, that support nearly certainly not not be forthcoming.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said on "Fox News Sunday" that it would be a "disaster" for Trump to fire Mueller or Rosenstein, or to nudge the latter to recuse himself in an effort to slow down the investigation.

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Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the Justice Department to probe the Russia matter, is investigating whether anyone associated with Trump or his campaign had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin. The California congressman said that the president and his associates are engaged in a scorched earth litigation strategy that begins with discrediting Mueller.

They said previous presidents would make sure to have the White House counsel's office and their personal lawyers carefully review any comments about such an investigation before making them.

"In fact, to the contrary", he told CBS' "Face the Nation", pointing to recent testimony by sacked FBI director James Comey who said the president had not been the target of an investigation.

Mueller, the FBI director before Comey, has not released any details on the investigation. "And instead of attacking Trump, Rubio seemed nearly in awe of being around him". Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them. Sekulow said that Trump would have challenged the basic assertion of the article, but was constrained by Twitter's limit of 140 characters per post. "If Mueller thinks there is evidence that obstruction occurred, Mueller's job is to investigate".

"I don't believe it's going to happen", said Rubio on CNN's "State of the Union".

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Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, estimated that investigators are just 20 percent into their probe, which could last for months. "No confusion. The president is not under investigation", Sekulow said.

The Senate intelligence committee is in the early stages of its probe and is looking at whether anyone involved in the campaign shared information with the Russians, said Senator Angus King of ME, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

On Sunday, Trump again called the investigation a "witch hunt".

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son and Barron Trump, walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David in Maryland. Last week he described the concerns about Russian influence in US elections as a "phony" story.

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