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Trump lawyer says Trump not under investigation, despite Trump's tweet

19 June 2017

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.

There have been multiple news reports and a tweet from Trump himself on Friday that began with: "I am being investigated". "Witch Hunt." He appeared to be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"He takes the action that they also by the way recommended, and now he's being investigated by the Department of Justice because the special counsel under the special counsel regulations reports still to the Department of Justice, not an independent counsel, so 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 termination, so that's the constitutional threshold question here, so that's why I said no investigation".

President Donald Trump is beginning his day with a stream of tweets defending his record and lashing out at the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

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He also explained that "the tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to The Washington Post".

"With all due respect, the President said "I am being investigated" in a tweet, and people take his word on that".

Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer and now a defense attorney specializing in white-collar crime and investigations, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notify Trump he was under investigation, so the lack of such notice meant nothing. But Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them.

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

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The committee sent a bipartisan letter this month to White House counsel Don McGahn seeking an answer by this Friday.

Schiff says if the panel can't get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed.

Wallace came back with, "You just said, sir that he is being investigated". Schiff cited the fact that the president at one meeting "cleared the room" of advisers and asked to speak to Comey alone.

Sekulow, the chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice since 1990, defended Trump's use of social media, saying: "He's able to communicate with 107 million people on his various social media platforms on a regular basis as he needs to, so he can directly reach a lot of people". Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week" and King spoke on NBC.

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While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment. After Comey's firing, the administration gave differing reasons for his dismissal.

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