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Trump lawyer: President not under investigation in Russia probe

19 June, 2017, 12:43 | Author: Mae Harvey

The Post on Wednesday reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election now includes looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

"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' "Face the Nation" in one of four interviews he gave yesterday.

A member of the president's outside legal team says Donald Trump is not under federal investigation.

The Post reported last week that special counsel Robert Mueller III, who was appointed to oversee the investigation into Russia's role in the election past year, is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether Mr Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

Last week, Trump sent a tweet referring to being the victim of a "witch hunt".

Trump has hinted that he may have taped conversations with Comey - in which the ex-FBI chief says the president pressured him for his loyalty and on the Russian Federation investigation while also urging him to drop a probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

"The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post".

"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation". "The best thing that could happen for the president, and the country, is a full and credible investigation". "The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction".

Sekulow said Trump took action based on their recommendation, and as a result, he is being investigated. Even Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who as a USA senator was Trump's strongest supporter-and for a time, virtually his only one-among top-ranking elected officials, is reportedly on thin ice with the president, who is angry that Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation and didn't defend the president strongly enough (or press his enemies hard enough) when he testified to Congress to last week. Gingrich also cited the friendship between Mueller and Comey, which the Trump supporter described as "weird".

The source familiar with the Mueller probe told Reuters that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation. "But the president, as James Comey said in his testimony and as we know as of today, the president has not been and is not under investigation".

Lieu's comments come after Trump and his allies against Mueller's character and possible conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit him and his investigation.

Fellow panellist Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, estimated that investigators are just 20 percent into their probe, which could last for months.

"It's becoming clear to me that the president has embarked on an effort to undermine anyone with the ability to bring any misdeeds to light, be that Congress, the media or the Justice Department".

Again, Sekulow left out some key points, which Wallace and others were only too happy to raise: Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt that he had already made up his mind to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation from Sessions and that he was firing him because he was unhappy with the Russian Federation investigation. "There's a lot of information yet to go".

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