In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

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However, that argument conveniently ignores that Comey was sacked more than a month ago, prior to the appointment of Mueller, and most importantly, that Comey's firing itself could have been the reason for opening an investigation into Trump's possible obstruction of justice.

He has tweeted that if President Trump fires "special counsel" Robert Mueller, then "Mike Pence will soon become the 46th President".

"The tweet from the President was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post".

There have been multiple news reports and a tweet from Trump himself on Friday that began with: "I am being investigated". The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. Many constitutional lawyers insist Trump's actions in firing Comey, who was gathering pre-election Trump-Russia interactions, is an explicit obstruction of justice by interfering with the investigation.

Yet Sekulow said the president was referring to a news report about an investigation, not an actual probe.

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"They want to lay the foundation to discredit whatever Bob Mueller comes up with", Schiff said on ABC.

Lieu isn't the only House Democrat warning Trump of consequences for firing Mueller and Rosenstein. "So that - nothing has changed in that regard since James Comey's testimony".

Rubio says: "If it involved working with Americans, whether wittingly or unwittingly, that needs to be part of" the investigation.

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TAPPER: So the president said, "I am under investigation", even though he isn't under investigation? It's that simple. The president is not under investigation. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office", Feinstein said in a statement Friday.

"Witch hunt' is how Trump characterizes the probe into Russia's election interference and possible ties to his campaign associates".

The lawyer retorted that Wallace placed words in his mouth when he was crystal clear Trump is not and has not been under investigation.

The Senate intelligence committee is in the early stages of its probe and is looking at whether anyone involved in the campaign shared information with the Russians, said Senator Angus King of ME, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

When Wallace called him on it, Sekulow said he was just laying out the legal theory in play, but he had not prefaced the statements that way.

Friday is the deadline set by the House Intelligence Committee for the White House to produce "any White House recordings or memoranda of Comey's conversations with President Trump (that) now exist or have in the past". This is a very complex matter, involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents, lots of witnesses.

While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he spent the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland. Rubio spoke on NBC, CNN and CBS.

If he does that, the power would be placed in the hands of Rachel Lee Brand, the third-highest official in the Department of Justice, according to The Washington Post.

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