Trump lawyer: President not under investigation in Russia probe


"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Sen. Marco Rubio says it's best for the country to let the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election take its course, and the Florida Republican tells CNN's "State of the Union" that's what he'd advise President Donald Trump.

Republican Marco Rubio, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee - which is carrying out one of two core congressional investigations into Russia's alleged election interference - said that the president would be wise to let the investigation to proceed unhindered.

Sekulow said that Trump has not been notified of any investigation and that the latest information they have is from Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "He's being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the terminations!"

On CBS's "Face the Nation," Sekulow said Trump's tweet was a reaction to the story - not an actual investigation. "The president can not be investigated, certainly can not be found liable, for engaging in an activity he clearly has powers to do under the Constitution".

In addition to being the author of several books such as "Undemocratic: How unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats are stealing your liberty and freedom", Sekulow is the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, a politically conservative Christian organization.

He referred to The Post story as "a fake report" during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union".

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House this week as to whether President Donald Trump has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. A source close to Trump's outside legal team, speaking anonymously, had said Friday the president was talking about the Post report.

"He's not being investigated", Sekulow exclaimed, adding that he wanted to be "crystal clear" that they are "not aware of any investigation".

When Wallace pointed out that Sekulow had appeared to agree in his answer that the president is under investigation, the lawyer grew flustered.

"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation", Sekulow said on NBC. He said he had only been discussing the constitutional problem posed if the president were being investigated.

Sekulow responded that the president made the final decision on Comey's firing, but it was "a collaborative and. a very thorough process" with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein.

Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt last month that he made the decision to fire Comey with the Russian Federation probe on his mind and before Rosenstein's recommendation.

Trump has denied making these comments, which Comey said he documented in contemporaneous memos.

So the president might be under investigation then, no? He said Trump had learned the effectiveness of social media as a communications tool during the campaign.