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Trump lawyer says President isn't under investigation, despite t

19 June 2017

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, attorney Jay Sekulow said the "president is not under investigation by the special counsel".

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

Sekulow's argument, as best I can follow, is that Trump's confirmation of the existence of an investigation isn't confirmation at all, but rather a comment about a Washington Post article that confirmed the president was the subject of an investigation into obstruction of justice.

"The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking information to the Washington Post", he said, referring to the Post's report this week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election now also includes a look at whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

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At this point, we are in a he-said, she-said argument, and the players are Trump's team, the special counsel, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, government officials, and security agencies against anonymous sources reporting for the Washington Post and New York Times.

"The president has strong feelings about it and (what) I would communicate to the White House and to the world through this broadcast is, let this thing work its way through, let it be thorough and complete so no one will have any doubt", Rubio added. 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. As far as I can see, the real question isn't factual but rather constitutional.

"There's a limitation on Twitter, as we all know", Sekulow said.

"Less than a year and half ago, an American president landed in Havana, to outstretch his hand to a regime", he said. "That hasn't happened. Where is that?" host John Dickerson asked Sekulow Sunday. During a less-than-effective attempt to explain his legal theory for why Trump would have a right to be upset should the Department of Justice investigate him for following their advice to fire Comey, Sekulow seemed to admit that the president was, in fact, under investigation. "There is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period". "The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Sen.

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By the Fox News Sunday leg of the morning, the wheels were coming off the wagon for Sekulow and the *non-investigation* investigation into Trump. Comey testified to Congress that Trump then asked him to back off the investigation into his fired national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Finally, we know that Mueller's investigators are also looking for "any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates", as the Post phrased it.

Wallace: But you just said two times that he's being investigated.

"Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm", he wrote Sunday, also pointing to his successful nomination of conservative justice Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. Marco Rubio, (R- Fla.), who said he discussed the probe with Trump on Friday.

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Senator Marco Rubio , who lost the Republican primary election to Trump, called for a "full and credible investigation ". Sekulow was tasked with explaining that Trump is not being investigated while somehow not contradicting his boss.