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U.S. president not under investigation for obstruction: His attorney

19 June 2017

The feds "never formally advise someone they're under investigation", Simon said, adding: "It usually becomes apparent when they start issuing subpoenas".

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

Speaking to a bemused Jake Tapper on CNN, Sekulow said the president was responding to a Washington Post story from Wednesday which reported, citing five anonymous officials, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had expanded his Russian Federation investigation to examine whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

When asked if Mr. Trump interfered in the FBI's investigation, Sekulow said that in prior interviews, Mr. Trump "acknowledged that by firing James Comey as FBI director the president acknowledged that he would in fact probably extend the nature and length of the scope of the FBI, the special counsel probe".

President Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly state that Trump wasn't under investigation. But by the time he issued his final report in 1998, he had not only shifted his focus to whether Bill Clinton had perjured himself in testifying about hanky-panky with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, he had also investigated everything from Vince Foster's suicide to the firing of White House travel office personnel, the improper handling of Federal Bureau of Investigation files, and a wide variety of the Clintons' business activities before Bill became president.

"If the president is innocent, why is he afraid of this investigation?" asked NBC's Chuck Todd in a Meet the Press interview. "Witch Hunt." He appeared to be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them. "That s it. Simple explanation", Sekulow told CNN s "State of the Union".

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"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.

The Secret Service has said it has no records of any recording systems or transcripts of any conversations Mr. Trump may have had in the White House.

"You just said, sir, you just said that he's being investigated", Wallace said.

The president suggested on Twitter that he may have taped conversations. I want to be clear here. The committee also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.

Trump himself has repeatedly denounced the investigation as a "witch hunt", though it is his own actions which more accurately fit the term. "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt", he wrote, before citing an outlying Rasmussen poll that gave him a 50% approval rating.

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.

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The Senate intelligence committee is in the early stages of its probe and is looking at whether anyone involved in the campaign shared information with the Russians, said Senator Angus King of ME, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

"Let me be clear here", he said. This is a very complex matter, involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents, lots of witnesses.

They went a few more rounds before Tapper wondered, "is that not frustrating for you as an attorney to have a client that is sharing information with the world that's not accurate?"

The lawyer also said it was unlikely that any obstruction probe would not examine Trump.

Attorney Jay Sekulow is part of President Donald Trump's legal team, and on Sunday he was given the unenviable task of defending the administration's contradictory and constantly evolving opinion on the commander-in-chief's legal standing. Rubio spoke on NBC, CNN and CBS. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Schiff said his panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist.

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"But it's nearly like it's who he has been his whole life", Gingrich added.