The Post reported last week that special counsel Robert Mueller III, who was appointed to oversee the investigation into Russia’s role in the election previous year, is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether Mr Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
Despite the President tweeting “I am being investigated” this week, a representative from Donald Trump’s legal team said on Sunday that Trump is not under investigation for obstruction of justice.
Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate intelligence committee that Trump pressured him on the Russian Federation investigation and asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. “Witch Hunt.” The message apparently referred to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated.
“The president is not a subject or target of investigation“, said Trump legal team member, Jay Sekulow, in an interview.
“The president is not under investigation by the special counsel“, said Sekulow.
Attorney Jay Sekulow spoke with Jake Tapper on CNN to attempt to clear up any miscommunication caused by Trump’s tweet.
On Meet the Press, Sekulow stressed that the president isn’t even under investigation.
The denial Sunday by Jay Sekulow, one of several personal lawyers Trump has hired to represent him in the Russian Federation case, is the latest of many examples in which the president’s aides and lawyers have scrambled to avert a public-relations mess created by Trump’s tweets, off-script remarks or leaked private conversations. “That the president was not and is not a target of investigation“.
Comey made the existence of this investigation public in a March hearing before the House intelligence committee. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own.
TAPPER: Well, I wish it were that simple but, with all due respect, the president said, “I am being investigated” in a tweet, and people take his word on that, but you’re his attorney – you’re saying that the president, when he said that, was… not accurate. It also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.
“Trump is becoming radioactive, and it’s accelerating“, said Mr Bill Valdez, a former senior official with the Department of Energy who is now president of the Senior Executives Association, which represents 6,000 top federal leaders. Schiff said if the panel can’t get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed. “He’s not afraid of the investigation there is no investigation“, Sekulow told NBC channel.
All three inquiries are reportedly examining whether Trump, as president, sought to impede the progress of the inquiries. He says that President Donald Trump, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Democratic lawmakers should not be presuming an outcome.
Senator Angus K of ME said, “A lot of people have asked, when will we be done?”
“Face The Nation” host John Dickerson referenced Trump’s Friday tweet where he claimed he was under investigation and called it a “witch hunt”. “There’s a lot of information yet to go”. “They are essentially engaging in a scorched earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor”, Schiff said on ABC.