Trump lawyer: President not under investigation in Russia probe


Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president after a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

One lawyer who knows Rosenstein well told Politico that the deputy AG is "furious" and "amazed" at Trump's tweet, in which #45 confirms he's under investigation for obstruction of justice and accuses Rosenstein of being responsible for James Comey's firing and therefore incapable of managing the probe.

The memos to Trump transition and campaign officials came in the wake of former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian election meddling and ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.

The memo, which was obtained by the New York Times and Politico, says former transition team members "have a duty to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations". He could fire him directly, although that would draw the most ire; he could direct Rosenstein to fire him, but the deputy testified last week that he'd only fire the counsel for "good cause;" Trump could fire Rosenstein and see if his replacement will fire Mueller.

President Donald Trump's closest allies are attacking the integrity of those involved in the widening probe of Russian interference in the USA election, accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of driving a biased investigation. If Mueller is, in fact, investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Rosenstein is likely to be a person of interest in that inquiry.

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President Donald Trump has appeared to acknowledge he is under investigation in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the United States election.

On Oct. 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon fired independent prosecutor Archibald Cox - leading to the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

The Democratic National Committee, in a statement Friday, said that Rosenstein, who has authority over Mueller, needs to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation and that control of the investigation should not be given to another presidential appointee. For one thing, it wouldn't be a high crime or misdemeanor for the president to fire Mueller, Washington D.C. icon though he may be.

It comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence.

"Absent the most extreme circumstances, the president would be singularly ill-advised to threaten, much less order, Mueller's firing".

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While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in on the widening legal investigations Sunday.

The lawyer also said it was unlikely that any obstruction probe would not examine Trump. Trump himself has labeled the entire Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt" and any media coverage of the growing scandal "fake news".

Democrats and Republicans alike have criticised his use of Twitter, particularly amid the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election. "That the president was not and is not a target of investigation", Sekulow answered.

Starr also touched on some people's frustrations following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent testimony - and his refusal to repeat conversations with Trump - in front of the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday.

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