In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation


Nobody wants to undermine Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia-U.S. election probe, but the media has been accusing President Donald Trump of committing acts that do not constitute obstruction of justice, one of his attorneys, Jay Sekulow said Monday.

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.

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.

At first Sekulow denied Trump is under investigation, as the Washington Post reported last week for possible obstruction of justice.

Trump's legal team says the tweet was simply about a report that the president was under investigation for obstruction of justice - not a confirmation.

The lawyer retorted that Wallace placed words in his mouth when he was crystal clear Trump is not and has not been under investigation.

"This is an individual as president of the United States, has the social media platform that reaches 107 million people instantaneously with a message", said Sekulow. But as the White House has made clear, the tweets speak for themselves. "And, again, the situation on Friday that created the press coverage over the weekend was from a Washington Post story that had five anonymous sources", Sekulow said.

Rosenstein could eventually be questioned by Mueller about his memo on Comey and what motivated Trump to ask him to write it.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump walk on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Sunday, June 18, 2017, from Camp David in Maryland. Kilmeade said. "You're his lawyer".

"In that letter, there's recommendation for the removal of James Comey".

It is common for subjects of federal investigations not to know they are under scrutiny, especially in the initial phases. Schiff said if the panel can't get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed.

Several congressional panels continue to investigate Russians meddling in the US election which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump's presidency.

Trump at first attributed Comey's firing to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for his handling of an investigation a year ago into the use of a private email server by Trump's defeated challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"That signifies this president knew all too well that it was inappropriate", Schiff said.

The Justice Department has said Muller's work at the firm does not disqualify him from leading the investigation.

Both Coats and Rogers declined before the Senate intelligence committee earlier this month to answer questions about their conversations with Trump, but both said they had never felt urged by Trump to intervene in the Russian Federation probes.

Senator Angus K of ME said, "A lot of people have asked, when will we be done? 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".