In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

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

Sekulow's comments, in an interview with "Face the Nation", came after Mr. Trump slammed reports that FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reviewing whether or not Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice amid ongoing investigations into any ties between his presidential campaign's or transition's associates and the Russian government.

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Mueller has expanded his probe to include the president's conduct and has arranged interviews with senior administration officials to assess the nature of their own communications with Trump regarding the Russian Federation 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.

Sekulow's interview with NBC was one of four scheduled Sunday morning television appearances.

However, Comey has not been involved in the investigation since he was sacked last month and the Justice Department named Robert Mueller as a special counsel to head up the Russian Federation investigation which appears to be widening its scope.

Prosecutors will often answer then to avoid misleading the target.

Benjamin Wittes, who runs the Lawfare blog and is known to be a friend of James Comey, said in a new interview that President Trump's private dinner with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director amounted to "grotesque impropriety".

The Secret Service has said it has no records of any recording systems or transcripts of any conversations Mr. Trump may have had in the White House. "You're asking me to read people's minds".

As for Trump's repeated criticism of the "witch hunt" against him, Sekulow told NBC's Meet The Press: "He's not afraid of the investigation". "Trump has a compulsion to counterattack and is very pugnacious".

He spoke on ABC's "This Week". "I don't think that tweet helped him".

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m. Sunday, Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt".

"But it's nearly like it's who he has been his whole life", Gingrich added.

Wallace replied, "Sir, you just said two times that he's being investigated".

For another, again on the facts we know now, it would not be in the interests of most Republicans to support the impeachment of Trump. I don't think that's a mystery. Lawmakers from both parties are anxious that Russian meddling in U.S. elections could continue, King said. I believe it. Not only do I believe it, I know it. "Nearly everybody else does" other than Trump, he said.

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

"The F.B.I. doesn't sit around all day and read tweets". He told the Senate Intelligence Committee in his June 8 testimony he believed the president had directed him to drop a related agency investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

That process still has a long way to run, said Sen. King and Rubio are both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is running an investigation that partially parallels the Justice Department probe being run by Mueller.

"Let me be clear here", he said.

During the exchange, Sekulow explains how tweeting works and then delves into how we should interpret "a utilization of social media" by the president saying he's under investigation.

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