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Trump not under investigation in Russian interference in US election, says lawyer

19 June 2017

Asked if the president might not know of an investigation, Sekulow said: "I can't imagine a scenario where the president would not be aware of it".

Sekulow was tasked with explaining that Trump is not being investigated while somehow not contradicting his boss.

Over on NBC's Meet the Press, Todd asked Sekulow why the president should be "afraid" of an investigation into Russian election-tampering if, in fact, the president is innocent of any collusion. On Sunday, however, a lawyer from Trump's growing personal legal team indicated that his client, the president of the United States, essentially didn't know what he was tweeting about, or something.

Trump's tweet wasn't an admission that he's being investigated, Sekulow noted, it was merely a reaction to the WaPo story alleging that.

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"The president is not under investigation by the special counsel", said Sekulow. That interview went a bit differently. "That's the constitutional threshold issue". Specifically, how can the president be accused of wrongdoing when he fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who serves at his pleasure, after receiving a recommendation that he do so from the attorney general, backed up by a memo critical of Comey written by the deputy attorney general? And attached to that is a memorandum from the former - not this case - from the deputy attorney general's office, where he lays out the reason of his concern, and recommendation of removal was because of the handling of the Hillary Clinton matter. "That's the the long-established practice of the Justice Department". Not an independent counsel.

"Because we've received no notice of investigation", said Sekulow. Watch below (starting at 3:00) for the fireworks that ensued.

By asking then-FBI Director James Comey for loyalty, President Trump may have been attempting to fundamentally compromise the independence of Comey and of the FBI.

"You do not know that he has not been under investigation, sir", Wallace pointed out.

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SEKULOW: Well, no one's notified us that he is.

"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. So that - nothing has changed in that regard since James Comey's testimony. Claims also arose that Trump asked the director of the National Security Agency to declare that he was not under investigation and asked the Director of National Intelligence to tell Comey to back off the Flynn investigation.

"I do not appreciate you putting words in my mouth", Sekulow complained.

Senator Marco Rubio, who lost the Republican primary election to Trump, called for a "full and credible investigation". SEKULOW: I think the president is going to address that in the week ahead. "He has no qualms about throwing [Rosenstein] under a bus".

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On Twitter Friday, Trump wrote as part of a tweet about the probe that "I am being investigated".