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Donald Trump's lawyer contradicts President's claim that he is under investigation

19 June 2017

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.

He's part of Trump's outside legal team, addressing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference.

"The president is not under investigation by the special counsel", said Sekulow.

Mr. Trump told reporters in a Rose Garden ceremony he would be "100 percent" willing to testify under oath, and Sekulow told CBS News' John Dickerson that "the president was very clear" about testifying and has said "if he was asked to do it he would".

One of Donald Trump's personal lawyers has told reporters the President is not under investigation for obstruction of justice, but when pressed on the assertion, said he could not be certain.

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Mr Trump, he said, was merely responding to an anonymously sourced Washington Post report that said special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into links between Trump aides and Russian Federation had expanded to look at Mr Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey.

The attorney explained that the tweet the president sent in which he said he was under investigation was in response to a Washington Times story that said he was.

Again, Sekulow left out some key points, which Wallace and others were only too happy to raise: Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt that he had already made up his mind to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation from Sessions and that he was firing him because he was unhappy with the Russian Federation investigation.

Sekulow: He takes the action that [the Attorney General's office] recommended and now he's being investigated by the Department of Justice.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.

A source familiar with the Mueller investigation said on Thursday that investigators would have to gather a large amount of evidence before an interview with the President would be warranted. But Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them.

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On Twitter Friday, Trump wrote as part of a tweet about the probe that "I am being investigated ". On Sunday, Trump again referred to the probe, but dismissed it as a "distraction".

"He's not afraid of the investigation".

Reports have raised questions about whether Trump requested their help in trying to get James Comey, then the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, to end an inquiry into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. "Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted.

Yet Trump's tweets in recent days condemning the actions of his own Justice Department have reached an intense level, revealing the president's increasing agitation about the probe and the attention it has drawn. He was referring to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

The US president has denied trying to influence the investigation, but has acknowledged in an interview that Russian Federation was on his mind when he dismissed Comey. "And I think the answer is that they want to lay the foundation to discredit whatever Bob Mueller comes up with".

Wallace asked Sekulow if Trump believes that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who wrote a memo criticizing Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation, has done anything wrong.

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