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Trump's legal plan quite simple so far: Fight, fight, fight

20 June 2017

But there are conflicting signals about what is actually happening.

It is true that Mueller hasn't said he is investigating Trump and hasn't notified the president's lawyers that he is under investigation. It's Comey who claimed that Trump pressured him to ease off his investigation of Mike Flynn, and who, as some said, laid the groundwork for an obstruction charge. First, White House staffers spend 24 hours denying Trump was under investigation.

Whether or not special prosecutor Robert Mueller is even investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice is far from clear.

"Number two, the actions the president took regarding the removal of James Comey from office after consultation with others in a deliberative process, is what presidents do, is not based on which an obstruction case could be based constitutionally". The Post's story came soon after it reported that the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, spearheaded by special counsel Robert Mueller, had expanded to include a senior White House official as a "person of interest".

Mr Trump is under pressure to reveal whether he has any tape recordings of private conversations with Mr Comey.

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The leaders of the Senate judiciary committee have reached an agreement about the scope of an investigation into political interference at the FBI, with the possibility that the inquiry could explore whether President Donald Trump acted improperly during his interactions with fired FBI Director James Comey.

"Now Mueller faces a huge decision", Thomas said.

The Trump White House responded in a predictable pattern: official denial by Trump's communication team, followed by official confirmation from Trump himself.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller to oversee the FBI investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's election and related matters.

A U.S. official last week confirmed that Rosenstein has told colleagues he may have to recuse himself from the inquiry because he'd criticized Comey in a memo before Trump fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief. That investigation is closely tied to Comey, and so is Mueller.

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What has Trump's legal team said?

But the more frustrated that Trump gets, the more he often hurts himself politically.

Sekulow re-upped his argument from Sunday - that the president's tweet was a response to the Washington Post story that cites unnamed sources claiming Trump is the subject of an investigation into potential obstruction of justice.

"No Chris, I said that the inve-any...let me be crystal clear so you completely understand".

"The president has not been and is not under investigation", lawyer Jay Sekelow has declared repeatedly the past few days, only to add to the statement Monday that he didn't know for certain if that was true. Sekulow had told Wallace twice in the interview that Trump was under investigation and then said he wasn't. "He's being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take, by the agency who recommended the terminations".

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A spokesperson for Kasowitz did not return request for comment about Sekulow's interview. When Wallace pointed out the apparent contradiction, Sekulow retreated to his talking points: "We have not received nor are we aware of any investigation of the president of the United States, period". Many people who do not appreciate how politicized the legal system has become will conclude that if you are under investigation, you must have done something wrong.

Trump's legal plan quite simple so far: Fight, fight, fight