Trump attorney says president not under investigation

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"The president is not a subject or target of investigation", said Trump legal team member, Jay Sekulow, in an interview.

"The president has not been and is not under investigation".

"The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking information to the Washington Post", he said, referring to the Post's report this week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election now also includes a look at whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

The president wrote on Twitter: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt." It was the first time Trump had publicly acknowledged that he's under investigation.

Sekulow, who set out Sunday to deny the president is under investigation, said Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last month "based on numerous events, including recommendations from his attorney general and the deputy attorney general's office". He said a Friday tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

"We've received no notice of investigation. In fact, to the contrary", Sekulow said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Mueller is also looking at whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them, said one us official on Thursday who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity. He has used the term repeatedly-notably on Thursday, when he said the "single greatest witch hunt in American political history" is being led by "very bad and conflicted people".

Attorney Jay Sekulow is defending President Donald Trump's use of social media, even though Sekulow himself has denied d, even though Trump's recent tweets.

Comey told lawmakers earlier this month that Trump in recent months had asked for his personal loyalty, urged him to drop the investigation of the contacts the president's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had with Russia's ambassador to Washington, and to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation, none of which he acceded to. "But he's not yet made that momentous decision to go for a full-scale investigation".

The FBI "doesn't sit around all day and read tweets", said Rubio, a Republican from Florida who's a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

There have been multiple news reports and a tweet from Trump himself on Friday that began with: "I am being investigated".

He cited former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who told the same ABC show that he has a problem with what the special counsel is doing. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says the best thing for everyone will be for the investigation to run its course.

Schiff told "This Week" on ABC News that Trump and his lawyers want to lay the foundation to discredit whatever the special counsel will come up with.

With Twitter, "the president has an ability to communicate with a broad sloth of people of 107 million", said Sekulow.

Trump appointed Mueller as special counsel after sacking Comey who had been heading the Russian Federation probe into Moscow's alleged interference in the USA presidential election.

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