Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation


President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said on Sunday that Trump is not under investigation in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential race, a statement that appeared to contradict a comment Trump himself made on Twitter last week.

"There is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period", said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.

The president wrote on Twitter: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" He said a Friday tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

Sekulow says that Trump hasn't been notified of any investigation.

"I can not read the mind of the special prosecutor", he said.

A USA official who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters on Thursday that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation.

Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer and now a defence attorney specialising in white-collar crime and investigations, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notify Trump he was under investigation, so the lack of such notice meant nothing.

Comey was sacked in May after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo critical of Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation, a memo that became Donald Trump's official rationale for firing Comey.

"You don't know that he's not under investigation", Wallace said. "The president is not a subject or target of an investigation".

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House this week as to whether President Donald Trump has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

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Trump's fledgling presidency has been battered by allegations - being dissected both by Congress and the Federal Bureau of Investigation - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with the former real estate magnate's campaign team.

Schiff says if the panel can't get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed.

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

While the report that Jeff Sessions ordered Rod Rosenstein to write two memos on James Comey has yet to be verified elsewhere, the attorney general has found himself in other controversies in recent weeks including reports that he may be closing to resigning.

He sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own probe into Russian election meddling. "There's a lot of information yet to go".

Trump returned to the White House on Sunday after spending Father's Day weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat.

Sekulow appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press", CNN's "State of the Union", CBS's "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday" on Fox.

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.

He spoke on ABC's "This Week".

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