Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Trump lawyer says President isn't under investigation, despite tweets

Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 03:07

"The President has not been notified by anyone that he's under investigation", said Jay Sekulow, President Trump's Legal Team.

The questions were prompted by a tweet the president wrote last week in which he said the FBI was investigating him, though he seemed to erroneously assert that the inquiry was being led by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; earlier, a Washington Post article had said the special counsel in the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, Robert Mueller, was seeking to determine whether Trump had committed obstruction of justice.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: One of Donald Trump's lawyers insisted Sunday that the president was not under criminal investigation as part of the sweeping probe into Russia's alleged meddling in American elections, despite the U.S. leader's tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction". However, Sekulow has said that the tweet was the President's response to a media article about the non- existent investigation, a direct critique of the lack of authentic sources for the news that was published.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Monday gave an unusual answer when asked if President Trump had confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, offering up instead a meaningless statement that the president has confidence in everyone who works for him. "If Mueller discussed the Comey's termination with Trump as a candidate for the next FBI Director", Turley writes, "he might also be considered a witness in any obstruction investigation". Should the President be under investigation for firing Comey, however, either now or in the future, the investigation that began focusing on Russian ties to the Trump campaign and November's election could result in a shakeup.

Advisers have been forced to perform postpresidential cleanup in the wake of Trump's tweet claiming he had been wiretapped by the Obama administration, his Oval Office comments to Russian diplomats about the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, his private musings about the possibility of firing the Russia special counsel, his suggestion that there might be recordings of White House conversations, and his comments about a "military" deportation operation.

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

President Trump now finds himself exactly where he doesnt want to be: under investigation by a dogged, highly respected prosecutor who owes him no personal or political loyalty.

Rubio said "that's not going to happen", when asked whether he's concerned that Trump may be preparing to fire Mueller and Rosenstein.

"The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted on Sunday.

"There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation".

He said, however, that Sekulow's comments could mean the White House was taking the position that no investigation exists until Mueller's team officially confirms it, disregarding media reports based on anonymous sourcing. "If you were a target, if you were being investigated, you would be told really quickly into the investigation".

And Senate intelligence committee member Sen. Angus King, an independent from ME, said "we're 20 percent into" the collusion aspect of the investigation.

Schiff also said he believes recent congressional testimony from Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions points to signs of possible obstruction by Trump that warrant further investigation.

"To say, "Comey told him he's not under investigation, so he can't be" - that's illogical", Cuomo said. He added: "A lot of people have said, 'When do you think you'll be done?' Maybe the end of the year".

While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he spent the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.