Lawyer says Donald Trump not under investigation

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 19, 2017

"There's a limitation on Twitter, as we all know", Sekulow said.

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.

Jay Sekulow, a representative from President Donald Trump's legal team, said Trump is not under investigation, despite the President tweeting "I am being investigated" this week.

One of Donald Trump s lawyers insisted Sunday that the president was not under criminal investigation as part of the sweeping probe into Russian Federation s alleged meddling in American elections, despite the United States leader s tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction".

On CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, Sekulow also said that he believed the president would finally explain whether or not there were recordings of his conversations with Comey, as Trump has also tweet-implied, sometime this week.

When Wallace pointed out that he'd used the word "investigated", Sekulow said that he was responding to a hypothetical situation that would occur if the president were being investigated, which he definitely is not.

James Comey, who was sacked on May 9, told a Senate panel last week he believed the POTUS dismissed him to undermine the bureau's ongoing investigation.

The tweets came shortly after Rosenstein issued his unusual statement that appeared to be warning about the accuracy of such reports.

Cohen said the first official communication that a target is under investigation typically comes when prosecutors begin requesting documents and other evidence.

Several congressional panels continue to investigate Russians meddling in the USA election which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump's presidency. None indicated the context Sekulow said was intended. Schiff said he wants the White House to acknowledge the tapes or make clear there are no tapes and "it was an idle threat". "Witch Hunt" - Sekulow said he was reacting only to a Washington Post story about the alleged probe citing anonymous sources.

Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.

At the same time, the lawyer blamed the firing of FBI Director James Comey on several events, including the recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He said Trump's statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

That being said, Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notifies the president was under investigation.

The lawyer, Jay Sekulow, contended the tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post.

The special counsel is looking for evidence to support claims that Trump's associates illegally colluded with Moscow during the president's victorious run for the White House past year.

"I can say categorically that the collusion or cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over", the Maine senator told NBC's "Meet the Press," adding that the probe could be done by the end of 2017.

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