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Trump not included in Russia probe: lawyer

19 June 2017

Asked about the possibility that an investigation has since developed and the president just does not know, Sekulow said: "I can't read people's minds, but I can tell you this, we have not been notified that there's an investigation to the president of the United States".

"You're right, Chris. I can not read the mind of the special prosecutor", Sekulow responded.

Sekulow added that he thinks Mr. Trump will address the issue of any alleged tape recordings of Mr. Trump's conversation with Comey "in the week ahead", saying the tapes were not "priority number one" amid Mr. Trump's announcement to roll back President Obama's Cuba policies and Wednesday's shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. "Witch Hunt." It was the first time Trump had publicly acknowledged that he's under investigation.

Sekulow, a conservative activist and radio talk-show host, earlier this month joined Trump's legal team, which is led by Marc Kasowitz. He later claimed that was not what he said or meant to say, and Sekulow did eventually settle on the point that he can't know for sure whether or not the president is under investigation.

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Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election is just beginning while Sen. The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. So you're telling us that Bob Mueller absolutely, positively is not investigating the president despite media reports to the contrary?

When Sekulow insisted that Trump fired Comey at the recommendation of the deputy attorney general, Todd noted;that Trump himself told NBC anchor Lester Holt he planned on firing Comey regardless of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general's recommendation. "The best thing that could happen for the president, and the country, is a full and credible investigation".

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he believes Trump fired him because he resisted the president's request to drop the Russian Federation investigation, especially as it pertained to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. None indicated the context Sekulow said was intended.

Sekulow said he respects the attorney-client privilege, unlike former FBI Director James Comey.

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"We're in agreement then", Wallace said. That's all I said.

Constitutional scholars have debated the question for years, though the Justice Department has said in formal opinions written under former presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon that the Constitution bars a sitting president from facing legal indictment. "You don't know whether there's an investigation".

"Oh boy, this is weird", Wallace responded.

Sekulow avoided the question and reviewed his concerns about the media, while boasting about Donald Trump's social media following and defending his Twitter habit.

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