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Trump not under investigation for firing ex-FBI chief Comey - lawyer

19 June 2017

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer says Trump is not under investigation in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, adding that the President has not received any notification that he is being investigated.

Mr. Rosenstein wrote a memo used by the White House to justify Comey's firing, prompting him to reportedly threaten to resign since the memo, though critical of the former director's performance, did not recommend his termination.

Trump and his White House have offered various explanations for Comey's abrupt ouster, including that he lost the confidence of the bureau's rank and file - a suggestion flatly dismissed by acting director Andrew McCabe.

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m., Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt". The source spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Rosenstein is the government lawyer responsible for overseeing the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions having recused himself from the probe.

Rosenstein brought up the possibility of recusing himself during a meeting with the Justice Department's third-in-command - behind Sessions and Rosenstein - Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, ABC News reported. The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction, " lawyer Jay Sekulow from Trump's legal team told NBC's Meet The Press program.

Mr Comey told Congress last week he believed he was sacked by Mr Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

The investigation into ties between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government has now turned to investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal reported that it was Trump's firing of Comey that is "now a subject of the federal probe ... which has expanded to include whether the president obstructed justice".

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Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe. However, in recent days, the special counsel came under the radar of Trump and allies over his friendship with Comey. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", Rosenstein's full statement read.

"That signifies this president knew all too well that it was inappropriate", Schiff said.

"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", Feinstein said.

"We could then have a repeat of the Saturday Night Massacre or the Sally Yates Massacre", she said.

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Trump not under investigation for firing ex-FBI chief Comey - lawyer