Trump attorney says president not under investigation in Russia probe

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

A lawyer for President Donald Trump said he is not under investigation, even though the president himself said he was.

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President Donald Trump's announcement of a tougher line toward Cuba has delighted hardliners on the island, who say it reveals Washington's long-held aim of imposing its will on Cuba. The lawyer told CNN the Twitter comment was made in the confines of a 140-character post and suggested that the Post report should be discounted because of its use of anonymous sources.

Veteran lawyers who have represented presidents during high-stakes legal cases said Trump's repeated comments about the Russian Federation investigation were extremely unusual.

Sekulow stressed repeatedly that Trump is not under investigation.

"Let me be crystal clear so you completely understand, we have not received, nor are we aware of any investigation of the president of the United States".

Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow said that a Friday tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

Sekulow did acknowledge on "Fox News Sunday" that he "can't read people's minds", but said there had been "no notification of an investigation" of the president by Mueller.

"If the president is innocent, why is he afraid of the investigation?"

Rod J. Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, last month named Robert B. Mueller, a former FBI director, as a special counsel to lead the sprawling investigation into the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and whether any of Trump's associates colluded in that effort.

A Washington Post report from Wednesday says Mueller is speaking to senior intelligence officials, figuring out whether Trump obstructed justice.

The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. The committee also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.

Trump's fledgling presidency has been battered by allegations - being dissected both by Congress and the Federal Bureau of Investigation - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with the former real estate magnate's campaign team.

In a two-part tweet posted early on Sunday, Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt". "Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm".

"If the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he's in for a rude awakening", Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday in a statement.

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