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Trump's lawyer denies he's being investigated

19 June 2017

You could nearly hear the groan coming from anti-Trump liberals who were so looking forward to the coming impeachment trial.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace grilled an attorney for President Donald Trump over the Russian Federation investigation and the president's seeming acknowledgement that he was under investigation for potential obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

"The president issued that tweet on social media because of the report in "The Washington Post" from five anonymous sources...alleging that the president was under investigation in this purported, expanded probe", Sekulow said.

Sekulow, contended tweet by the President this week saying "I am being investigated", was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post. 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.

He insisted Trump's tweet was not a real statement, explaining that the message was in response to a Washington Post report suggesting the president was under investigation.

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Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, accused Trump and his allies of seeking to undermine Mueller's inquiry, setting a pretext for potentially firing those leading it. Trump has reportedly told friends that he considered firing Mueller, and the president's tweet Friday appeared aimed at Rosenstein, raising questions about whether he might fire him, too. "There is no investigation", Sekulow added. "He was fully aware that if in fact he took this action, he would see a lengthening or could see a lengthening of the process".

The New York Times questioned whether Mr Rosenstein had been asked by a White House official or Mr Trump himself to put out the statement.

He said Trump should "ask that it be thorough and completed expeditiously and be very cooperative with it".

Taking to Twitter on Sunday while spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat, Trump again referenced the "distraction of the Witch Hunt".

"You've now said that he's being investigated", Wallace said. "I don't think that tweet helped him", Gingrich said. The president fired back over Twitter and at a news conference, claiming that some of the things Comey said weren't true.

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After the Fox News anchor pressed Sekulow over whether Trump was going to fire deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and Mueller, Sekulow attempted to end the line of questioning.

The Senate Intelligence Committee say it's only about 20 percent into its investigation.

Rosenstein is the only official who could fire Mueller, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from the probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential campaign and whether anyone close to Trump colluded with the Russians. "He's not afraid of the investigation there is no investigation", Sekulow told NBC channel.

Cohen said the first official communication that a target is under investigation typically comes when prosecutors begin requesting documents and other evidence.

Rubio says: "If it involved working with Americans, whether wittingly or unwittingly, that needs to be part of" the investigation.

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Attorney Jay Sekulow is stressing that "the president has not been and is not under investigation".