President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who despite his lack of qualifications has become one of the most powerful people in his presidency, is reported to be under investigation by the special counsel entrusted with probing the Trump-Russia scandal.
His own advisers leaked the damaging anecdote to Associated Press over the weekend.
They said previous presidents would make sure to have the White House counsel’s office and their personal lawyers carefully review any comments about such an investigation before making them.
“Let me clear. The president’s not under investigation, as James Comey said in his testimony, that the president was not the target of investigation on three different occasions”, Sekulow told CNN in another interview.
An event reportedly of particular interest to Mr Mueller is an exchange on March 22, when Mr Coats told associates that Mr Trump had asked him to intervene with Mr Comey to get him to back off the president’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the Russian Federation affair. “Witch Hunt”, the president wrote.
Comey said he took this “hope”, coming from the president of the United States, as a direction.
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. Witch hunt. Now, some news outlets have taken that last tweet as confirmation from the president himself that, in fact, he is under investigation.
HORSLEY: The tweets resumed this morning with the president saying after seven months of investigations and committee hearings about my, quote, unquote, “collusion” with the Russians, nobody’s been able to show any proof. Sad.
President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to challenge the credibility of a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.
Wednesday’s Washington Post article caused a firestorm in the White House on Thursday, particularly because President Trump had been trying so hard to prove that he was not a focus of the Russian Federation investigation.
“There’s a limitation on Twitter, as we all know”, he said. “And as far as that goes, I’d say we’re 20% into it”, King said.
Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein has replaced Attorney-General Jeff Sessions as head of the Russia-Trump probe. Rosenstein was also the author of a letter in May to Trump criticizing the performance of FBI Director James Comey. “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!”
As Mueller assembles his investigative team, statements by Trump’s friend Christopher Ruddy this week set off new questions. Now US media are reporting it (through anonymous sources, of course).
“The president was responding to that particular statement from “The Washington Post”, again with five anonymous sources”. Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley says Rosenstein should recuse himself because of his interactions with Mr. Trump. At some point, Trump is going to order somebody to fire Robert Mueller, much like Richard Nixon eventually ordered somebody to fire special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox.
“I don’t believe it’s going to happen”, said Rubio on CNN’s “State of the Union”.