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In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

19 June 2017

Sekulow made the Sunday morning Beltway show rounds today to explain the president's revelatory - or maybe not - June 16 "witch hunt" tweet, the one that began "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

- One of President Donald Trump's personal lawyers said in television interviews on Sunday that the President was not under investigation for obstruction of justice, but when pressed on the assertion, said he was not certain. "It's that simple. The president is not under investigation".

The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump is furious at Jeff Sessions for his recusal and the ramping up of the Russian Federation investigation that followed, and CNN reported that the two had some heated exchanges.

The Post on Wednesday reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election now includes looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

Sekulow says that Trump hasn't been notified of any investigation.

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Sekulow then pulled out the no-nuance argument: "It was 141 characters, the limitation on Twitter as we all know". Although the White House initially said Rosenstein's memo led Trump to fire Comey, the president later said in a television interview that he did so because of the Russian Federation investigation.

Earlier on Friday, Mr Trump said he was being investigated for firing Mr Comey.

Asked on NBC whether Trump's social media commentary may be created to intimidate Rosenstein or Mueller, Rubio said, "I have no basis on which to make a decision on what his intent is" but added that the tweets "in no way" will impede the work of the investigation.

"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation", Sekulow said on NBC. "That's impossible. The president cannot be investigated, or certainly cannot be found liable for engaging in an activity he clearly has power to do under the constitution". Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit — including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich — have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal. Schiff said his panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist. "I think you're reading more into the tweet than what's there".

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

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"I can say categorically that the collusion or cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over", the Maine senator told "Meet the Press", adding that the probe could be done by the end of 2017.

The Secret Service has said it has no records of any recording systems or transcripts of any conversations Mr. Trump may have had in the White House. "Because the special counsel, under the special counsel regulations, reports still to the Department of Justice, not an independent counsel", Sekulow said.

In the Senate, Sen.

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.

"The president's response was as it related to the Washington Post report".

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