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The Trump team's spin about the Russian Federation probe sinks deeper into absurdity

20 June 2017

During his exchange with anchor Chris Wallace, Jay Sekulow twice complained about Trump being under investigation, then clarified that expressing frustration about Trump being under investigation does not amount to a concession that the president actually is being investigated.although he might be.

Sean Hannity, on his show Friday evening, on the Fox News Channel, after stating that he believes the "deck is stacked" or so it appears to him, against President Trump in the FBI investigation, asked Newt Gingrich, a friend and supporter of Trump, whether Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, and Special Prosecutor Mueller, should step down from the investigation due to their connections to the dismissed FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump earlier last month.

Should Rosenstein decide to recuse himself, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand would take over for him as far as having authority over the special counsel, whether it continues to be Mueller or not.

"My constituents are prosecutors, judges and juries", said criminal defense lawyer Bill Jeffress.

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"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Wallace noted that the "tape will speak for itself". In that role, Mueller is not independent - he answers to Rosenstein (because Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, is recused). "The legal team has not been notified of an investigation".

Sekulow is responding on "Fox and Friends" to a statement that Trump's tweets can make it harder for others to do their job.

On June 14, the Washington Post reported that Mueller had expanded his investigation to determine if Trump had attempted to obstruct justice, and was interviewing senior intelligence officials - Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, Head of National Security Agency Mike Rogers, and Rogers' former deputy Richard Ledgett - as part of that probe.

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Sekulow stressed repeatedly that Trump is not under investigation.

Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, said the president was only referring to a news report. Meanwhile, it is no secret that there are both Senate and House committees that are investigating the President.

Comey made the existence of this investigation public in a March hearing before the House intelligence committee.

"One thing we've learned I think from the testimony of multiple people now is the President's pretty fired up about this, OK?" "You look at various pieces of information, you see something and say, 'Woah". Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time.

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"To fight the notion that Mueller would be looking at this at all seems to be something that only the president wants to be not true", Cuomo said. Politico reported last Saturday the White House plans to work with Republicans in the House to make changes to the bill, which curbs Trump's ability to ease penalties against Russian Federation. He said it could be done "maybe by the end of the year".