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Despite Trump's claim, lawyer says president not under investigation

19 June 2017

A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under investigation, days after Trump tweeted about being the target of a "witch hunt".

Trump has hinted that he may have taped conversations with Comey - in which the ex-FBI chief says the president pressured him for his loyalty and on the Russian Federation investigation while also urging him to drop a probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

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.

"The president is not under investigation by the special counsel", said Sekulow. Robert Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, later took over the investigation.

Trump's tweets following the report appeared to confirm the investigation, but his lawyer said it only appeared that way because of the character limit on Twitter. 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.

"The president's response was as it related to the Washington Post report. He's not afraid of the investigation there is no investigation", Sekulow told NBC channel. He was referring to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

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Sekulow said that Trump, in his tweet, was reacting to a story in the Washington Post that was the first to report Mueller was examining whether Trump had tried to obstruct the probe by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May.

"You don't know that he's not under investigation", Wallace said.

But Sekulow said repeatedly Sunday that "the president has not been and is not under investigation". Trump fired Comey in early May.

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated", he wrote.

Trump adviser Newt Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week" that the tweet Friday "didn't help him".

"So here's what you have: the president issued that tweet, that social media statement, based on a fake report, a report with no documented sources, from "The Washington Post", he said".

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"It's becoming clear to me that the president has embarked on an effort to undermine anyone with the ability to bring any misdeeds to light, be that Congress, the media or the Justice Department".

Jennifer Rubin is a columnist for The Washington Post.

When asked why Trump would verify false reports, Sekulow defended his client, adding, "There should be no confusion, no confusion". He can not in a Twitter statement include all of that in there...

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Trump has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.

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