Russian Federation investigation just beginning, Schiff says

20 June, 2017, 12:02 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Over the weekend, Sekulow declared that Trump is not under investigation, after the president condemned the investigation as a "witch hunt" through a series of tweets.

In a contentious exchange, CNN host Chris Cuomo rejected Sekulow's claims, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the FBI's investigation, does not have an obligation to inform the president that he is a subject of the probe. 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.

Sekulow sidestepped Cuomo's charge, returning to his claim that the president's reasons for firing Comey can not be investigated given that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director serves at the pleasure of the president. Comey was among those critics who cited Lynch's June 2016 tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton as a sign the Justice Department was not capable of an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Sessions, who early on was Mr. Trump's campaign manager for the Republican presidential nomination, told the Senate Intelligence Committee: "I recused myself from any investigation into the campaigns for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations".

Trump, who has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, has frequently lashed out about the allegations, which have overshadowed his administration's efforts to overhaul the healthcare system, cut taxes and boost jobs.

Rosenstein was the author of a memo that ultimately prompted Trump to fire Comey - a termination that is now itself at the center of the probe. Tweet or no tweet, the president is not under investigation, according to Sekulow.

"The way it works is that if you're appointed to serve at the pleasure of the president, then you serve at the pleasure of the president", Spicer said.

Asked on NBC whether Trump's social-media commentary may be created to intimidate Rosenstein or Mueller, Sen.

Although Comey testified at least one memo was unclassified, the Federal Bureau of Investigation denied our request saying they are exempt from disclosure because they are "law enforcement records". "Mueller's going to do his job".

"To fight the notion that Mueller would be looking at this at all seems to be something that only the president wants to be not true", Cuomo said. "They're essentially engaging in a scorched-earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor". Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said last Friday in a statement.

The lawyer also suggested Twitter's character limit may be partly to blame. It also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.

"Number two, the actions the president took regarding the removal of James Comey from office after consultation with others in a deliberative process, is what presidents do, is not based on which an obstruction case could be based constitutionally".

That means that the judiciary panel could be the main body in Congress to investigate whether Trump improperly used his authority to urge Comey to back off an investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

"Right now, I think the focus has to be on what we know has happened", Sekulow said. "This is a very complex matter involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents and lots of witnesses". "There's a lot of information yet to go".

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

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