Trump attorney: President not 'under investigation for obstruction'

Trump attorney: President not 'under investigation for obstruction'

Sekulow said his legal team had not received notice of any probe into Trump.

On Friday 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!" This weekend, it produced some of the more excruciating news coverage in recent memory as one of his lawyers, Jay Sekulow, was tendentiously grilled on the question of whether the president has conceded that he is under investigation. The President again called the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt" over the weekend while a legal adviser tried to walk back Trump's admission Friday that he is under investigation. I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn's departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls.

Sekulow says the president has a social media platform that can reach 107 million people and "I don't tell him what to write or not write". Mueller was later appointed as special counselor.

"Because every day, The Washington Post and The New York Times are utilizing supposed leaked information about supposed investigations of the president of the United States", Sekulow replied.

Gorelick is a partner at the WilmerHale law firm. Comey was among those critics who cited Lynch's June 2016 tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton as a sign the Justice Department was not capable of an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton. Mueller's office has taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate that his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.

This backs up what we noted in this space on Thursday, that just because Mueller is talking to administration officials who might be involved in a possible investigation doesn't mean there is one.

Himes says it's important for the committee to conduct its investigation right rather than quickly. Mr Kushner has been represented on business matters and other issues by Jamie Gorelick.

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It's unclear where that process stands.

Kushner's current attorney said that discussions he had with other lawyers were to seek advice, not to replace his team. Kushner has denied any improper contacts with Russian Federation. The Washington Post has reported that in that meeting, Trump - having already chose to fire Comey - demanded that Rosenstein memo as a rationale.

Attacking the idea that the president tried to obstruct the investigation also seems key.

Trump's tweets following the report appeared to confirm the investigation, but his lawyer said it only appeared that way because of the character limit on Twitter.

Last Thursday, the Washington Post published a sensational report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice.

At some point, Mueller may wish to interview Federal Bureau of Investigation senior leadership about their meetings with Comey regarding President Trump, though it's unclear if this has already taken place.

The attorney did the rounds on the morning shows on Sunday, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union", where he argued Trump is not under investigation, despite the president tweeting "I am being investigated" last week.

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