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President Trump not under investigation in Russian Federation probe, lawyer says

19 June 2017

"I really - If I were the president, I would be welcoming this investigation", Rubio said.

A Republican congressman on Sunday said President Trump should stop tweeting and allow special counsel Robert Mueller conduct the Russian Federation investigation.

But Jay Sekulow, part of Trump's legal team, said the president was writing about reports of an investigation, not an actual probe.

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

Sekulow, however, emphasized that Trump was referring to the "fake" story in The Washington Post and denied that the tweet was an admission by the President that is being investigated.

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The president 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.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

"He said that if, in light of all of this, the removal of James Comey would lengthen the amount of time that this investigation would take - he thought it was in the best interest of the American people", he concluded. He said he had only been discussing the constitutional problem posed if the president were being investigated.

On Friday, the president issued a tweet that seemed to confirm the Washington Post report. "I don't believe it's going to happen".

Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation, he said: "The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation".

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The president suggested on Twitter that he may have taped those conversations.

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m. Sunday, Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt". "So here's what you have", Sekulow said. Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time.

"These investigations continue to move forward", Rubio said.

Rubio also appeared on CNN, where he was asked by the secretive nature of the Senate's health care bill. "And it hasn't impeded the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee".

Trump returned to the White House on Sunday after spending Father's Day weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat.

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