In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation
Jun 20 2017
Sekulow said that Trump, in his tweet, was reacting to a story in the Washington Post, which was the first to report Mueller was examining whether Trump had tried to obstruct the probe by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May. The statement comes even though Trump himself has suggested that he is. Although the White House initially said Rosenstein's memo led Trump to fire Comey, the president later said in a television interview that he did so because of the Russian Federation investigation.
He said Trump's tweet was based only on The Washington Post report. "We've had no indication of that".
Sekulow said his legal team had not received notice of any probe into Trump.
"The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation", Jay Sekulow, a new member of Trump's legal team, said on CBS'sFace the Nation in one of four interviews he gave on Sunday.
But he contradicted himself on "Fox News Sunday", where he first told Fox News' Chris Wallace that Trump isn't being investigated, and later slipped and said he was - then conceded by saying he "read the mind" of the special prosecutor.
A USA official who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters on Thursday that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation.
In a statement, Jamie Gorelick said she told Kushner to get "independent advice of a lawyer" on whether to "continue with us" after Robert Mueller was tapped to lead an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
"I don't believe it's going to happen", said Rubio on CNN's "State of the Union".
The investigation has taken a serious turn in recent days, raising the clear possibility that whether Mueller finds wrongdoing or not, a period of political stress and upheaval is inevitable.
"If the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he's in for a rude awakening", Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday in a statement.
Trump has not backed down from removing Mueller from the investigation, The New York Daily News reported. The department said last month that under professional responsibility rules, Mueller may participate in matters involving his former firm's clients as long as he wasn't involved in representing them and has no confidential information about them.
Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said failure to respond could result in subpoenas being issued. "But the president does utilize Twitter and social media platforms and, again, the situation on Friday that created the five anonymous sources". It also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.
Sekulow said Trump "is not and has not been under investigation". He says that President Donald Trump, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Democratic lawmakers should not be presuming an outcome.
"I can say categorically that the collusion or cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over", the Maine senator told "Meet the Press", adding that the probe could be done by the end of 2017.