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Trump not under investigation, says lawyer

19 June 2017

His own advisers leaked the damaging anecdote to Associated Press over the weekend.

Sekulow: No, Chris, I said that - let me be crystal clear so you completely understand. "Witch Hunt", he wrote on Twitter.

He said, however, that Sekulow's comments could mean the White House was taking the position that no investigation exists until Mueller's team officially confirms it, disregarding media reports based on anonymous sourcing. The Washington Post reported last week that Mueller's team is also examining whether the president attempted to obstruct justice. "The timing of the thaw, however, has provoked accusations that the president is trying to ingratiate himself with a key member of a congressional panel investigating potential ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation".

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"The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post", he said, referring to a recent story about special counsel Robert Mueller allegedly looking into whether Trump fired Comey last month in an attempt to obstruct an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the USA election.

When Wallace pointed out that he'd used the word "investigated", Sekulow said that he was responding to a hypothetical situation that would occur if the president were being investigated, which he definitely is not.

Jennifer Rubin is a columnist for The Washington Post. He can not in a Twitter statement include all of that in there. Even Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who as a USA senator was Trump's strongest supporter-and for a time, virtually his only one-among top-ranking elected officials, is reportedly on thin ice with the president, who is angry that Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation and didn't defend the president strongly enough (or press his enemies hard enough) when he testified to Congress to last week. The FBI was prepared to cast a wide net-and now that the investigation is being headed by a special counsel, there are no limits to how wide it will be. Now, however, his obsessive attacks take on legal meaning - perhaps instances of obstruction of justice in and of themselves, or, at the very least, powerful evidence that Trump would have tried just about anything to throw the Federal Bureau of Investigation off the trail. He sent out another Twitter post on Thursday saying: "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

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Trump's statements on Twitter are a sign of his frustration with the Russian Federation allegations, said former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich, on ABC's "This Week".

Mr Trump has in recent days repeatedly hit out at the so-called legal "witch hunt" he claims is pursuing his investigation. The Democrats should accept they lost the election. The Washington Post story in question alleged Robert Mueller, the Department of Justice special counsel appointed to investigate the issue after Comey's termination, has since expanded the inquiry to determine whether Trump broke the law as part of a cover-up.

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