In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 16:21
Donald Trump is not under investigation for firing FBI Director James Comey, the president's lawyer said, in seeming contradiction to a tweet the United States leader had sent out earlier complaining of a "witch hunt" against him.
Sekulow said Trump wasn't confirming he was under investigation for obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller, report Newsday's Emily Ngo and David M. Schwartz. "That the President was not and is not a target of investigation".
Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Trump to deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, made the rounds on Sunday talk shows to cast doubt on media reports citing unnamed sources - and to add nuance to a straightforward claim Trump made on Friday that he was under investigation.
President Donald Trump recently announced over Twitter that he was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a widening probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - an inquiry that has cast a shadow over his five months in office. What we know is what James Comey said, the last thing we know is when he testified just a couple weeks back.
Trump's statements on Twitter are a sign of his frustration with the Russian Federation allegations, said former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich, on ABC's "This Week".
The president wrote on Twitter on Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
Asked on NBC whether Trump's social media commentary may be created to intimidate Rosenstein or Mueller, Rubio said, "I have no basis on which to make a decision on what his intent is" but added that the tweets "in no way" will impede the work of the investigation.
A member of President Donald Trump's outside legal team says the president isn't under federal investigation. The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on ABC's This Week that Trump and his personal attorney are trying to "take down" Mueller before he finishes his investigation.
Jake Tapper and Chuck Todd gave it their best, but neither could quite crack the composure - or the logic - of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow today. Schiff said his panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist.
"They want to lay the foundation to discredit whatever Bob Mueller comes up with", Schiff said on ABC.
Rubio says: "If it involved working with Americans, whether wittingly or unwittingly, that needs to be part of" the investigation.
"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said. It also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.
Rubio spoke on NBC, CNN and CBS.
Sekulow called the Post story "fake".
He sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own probe into Russian election meddling.