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In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

20 Juin 2017

Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow repeatedly stressed that "the president has not been and is not under investigation". He made similar comments in three other TV appearances last Sunday.

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller", she said, pointing to Trump's most recent online screed.

As the investigation into President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation becomes increasingly confusing, it may be time to take a look at the investigation itself.

President Donald Trump, whose combative instincts are to lash out, has given his legal team a clear direction: Fight, fight, fight.

Conway on Monday told Fox & Friends that nobody has told Trump that he's under investigation, and instead, Trump's tweet last week was a response to "a Washington Post report that included five anonymous sources".

Can we all stipulate that no one ever wants to be the subject of an investigation? "We can not allow the President to choose who will conduct this investigation or to interfere with its progress in any way". In fact, to the contrary.

Then, in a subsequent interview on "Fox News Sunday", Sekulow sowed further confusion by saying Trump was under investigation - then denied he said anything of the sort.

"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation", Sekulow said on NBC. Under these circumstances, Rosenstein must recuse himself from any supervisory role in the special counsel's investigation.

"Look, you're asking me to pick up the phone on an investigation we don't even know exists", Sekulow said. "No, he's not being investigated!"

On Sunday, it was lawyer Jay Sekulow's turn to try to redefine what a president's words mean.

On June 14, the Washington Post reported that Mueller had expanded his investigation to determine if Trump had attempted to obstruct justice, and was interviewing senior intelligence officials - Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, Head of National Security Agency Mike Rogers, and Rogers' former deputy Richard Ledgett - as part of that probe.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

A representative from President Donald Trump's legal team said Trump is not under investigation, despite the President tweeting "I am being investigated" this week.

It all stems from the president's May 12 tweet: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Asked on NBC whether Trump's social-media commentary may be created to intimidate Rosenstein or Mueller, Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them. Mueller was rumored to be up for the job of Comey's replacement (he was also his predecessor).

Chairman Chuck Grassley and the panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, plan to move forward on their inquiry, which will look into Russian Federation meddling in the elections as well as whether there was any improper political interference with the Federal Bureau of Investigation under both Trump and former President Barack Obama's administration.

"Trump has a compulsion to counterattack and is very pugnacious", Gingrich said on ABC's This Week.

Donald Trump has now hired Christian right lawyer Jay Sekulow, whose track record of lying is nearly as bad as his own, and is sending him out to defend him in the media.

In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation