Despite tweeting he's under investigation, Trump lawyer says he's not under investigation


Special prosecutor Robert Mueller will hold talks this week with senior Senate Judiciary Committee members to ensure that there is no conflict between his investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and the panel's probe, two congressional aides said on Monday.

Schiff said he doesn't buy the idea, floated by Trump ally Newt Gingrich, that the president can not commit obstruction by firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who serves at the president's pleasure. After all, despite Trump claiming that he was thinking about firing Comey for months, it was Rosenstein's memo recommending the move that he initially cited as a basis for his decision.

In a Rose Garden news conference following Comey's testimony, Trump said that an announcement on the tapes would be coming soon, but coyly added that it would likely leave the media "very disappointed".

The deputy attorney general could become a witness if the circumstances of Comey's firing are considered part of an obstruction investigation.

Whatever the reason, the Post report set off a wave of liberal celebrations over the imminent demise of the president.

Lawmakers say investigators will get to the bottom of this. Comey's testimony pointed to possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow says the president is not under criminal investigation.

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On CNN's "New Day", Sekulow argued that the president was not under investigation, despite his tweet and the Post report, because the White House hadn't been told that was the case.

The president wrote on Twitter Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Rosenstein's involvement in some of the events Mueller likely would investigate renders his continued oversight of that probe "just not tenable", according to Peter Zeidenberg, a former assistant US attorney for the District of Colombia who previously worked in the DOJ's Public Integrity Section.

The lawyer also suggested Twitter's character limit may be partly to blame. That's because Monday's White House Press briefing banned video or audio recording of the press gathering. The president responded by tweeting an attack on his own Deputy Attorney General, whom he'd previously praised to the hilt. There's no limitation on doing that.

Whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will continue to have ultimate oversight of the multi-pronged federal investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election is now something of an open question. "That's higher than O's #'s!"

"As I understand it, every White House phone call is already recorded". The details of how that online sampling is done are not clear. "Witch Hunt." Pressed by TV interviewers, Sekulow declared that Trump was not being investigated, then tried to walk that back, at least slightly, saying there had been no such notification. Why would the president object to a thorough investigation — unless he had something to hide? He's done this on several occasions. Mueller left his position at the firm to lead the investigation. Only if they decide to file charges and go to court is evidence shown. The president announced changes to Obama-era Cuba policy, and challenged the Castro government to negotiate a better deal.

But presidential historian and liberal journalist Rick Perlstein isn't buying it.