President Trump's Lawyer: He's Not Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice

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Mr Mueller, the special counsel named by the Justice Department to probe the Russia matter, is investigating whether anyone associated with Mr Trump or his campaign had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin.

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

Before Trump fired James Comey as the FBI director, Comey told the president he was not a target in the agency investigation.

KEITH: In that same interview, Trump said that the Russian Federation investigation had been on his mind when he chose to fire Comey.

Sekulow said Trump "is not and has not been under investigation".

The morning missive appeared to refer to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general. "The president issued that tweet, that social media statement, based on a fake report, a report with no documented sources, from the Washington Post".

Rep. Adam Schiff says he wants the White House to acknowledge the tapes or make clear there are no tapes and "it was an idle threat".

While the Republican Trump administration initially said Rosenstein's letter was the reason the president fired Comey on May 9, Trump later said he did so because of the "Russia thing". In the interview Trump did with NBC's Lester Holt shortly after firing FBI Director James Comey, Trump described Rosenstein's involvement in the firing. He repeated once again that he had never interfered in the FBI investigation and had not asked them to stop investigating his national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was suspected of having links with the Russian authorities.

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If Rosenstein recuses himself, Brand, a Trump appointee, would become the top Justice official overseeing Mueller's work.

True to form, Trump's surrogates went into smear mode, using baseless talking points to attack Mueller's credibility.

As for the "witch hunt" claims, Friday wasn't the first time Trump used that term to referr to news reports surrounding the investigations.

"You've now said that he's being investigated", Wallace said.

Constitutional scholars have debated the question for years, though the Department of Justice has said in formal opinions written under Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon that the constitution bars a sitting president from facing legal indictment.

President#Donald Trump confirmed that he is under investigation due to the dismissal of former FBI Director #James Comey.

Sekulow: "I can't imagine a scenario where the president would not be aware of it". Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on ABC's "This Week" that the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist.

Sekulow's comments seemed to establish the position the president will take on the Mueller investigation, in any public testimony which the attorney said the president was still willing to give.

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