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The Trump team's spin about the Russian Federation probe sinks deeper into absurdity

20 June 2017

It is to be noted that Carson's stance on the issue is a noteworthy break from President Trump and his administration's stance, which has time and again called the whole investigation a "witch hunt". Trump already fired James Comey and admitted on national television that the Russian Federation investigation influenced his decision, which is why he's reportedly facing an obstruction of justice probe.

Comey did tell Trump he was not personally under investigation, but that was before the director was sacked.

Then, Sekulow continued, Trump took their recommendations to remove Comey, and "now according to The Washington Post's theory, he's under investigation for taking the action that the Department of Justice told him to take".

But on the Sunday talk shows, his lawyer Jay Sekulow said that the president's Tweet was in response to a Washington Post story quoting unnamed sources and that the problem was Twitter's strict limit on characters. All three inquiries are reportedly examining whether Trump, as president, sought to impede the progress of the inquiries.

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On "Face The Nation" on CBS, Sekulow clarified that he's so confident that there isn't any investigation into the president because they have not received any notification from the special counsel's office. He also claimed he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by "the man" who asked him to take that step.

The president has denied any illegal dealings with Russian Federation during the election or that he tried to block the investigation.

A source familiar with the Mueller probe said on Thursday that investigators would have to gather a large amount of evidence before an interview with the president would be warranted.

"It looks like we have got a simmering tea kettle here, and the President seems to be testing the waters about whether he ought to go ahead and fire Robert Mueller", said Richard Ben-Veniste, a former Watergate prosecutor who is now a CNN legal analyst. "If President Trump were to try to replicate Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in addition to Mueller, Congress must unite to stop him", he said.

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Senator Marco Rubio, who lost the Republican primary election to Trump, called for a "full and credible investigation".

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

The White House has been given until Friday by the House Intelligence Committee to provide an answer as to whether the recordings actually exist. It also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a senior member of both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees known for being measured and reserved, released a fiery statement Friday.

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. He added: "A lot of people have said, 'When do you think you'll be done?' Maybe the end of the year".

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