Trump attorney says president not under federal investigation

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In an NBC interview on May 11, Trump said "When I chose to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story".

Trump's first full Cabinet meetings are ringing loudly across the political internet as a new age King Lear livestream, a sycophancy competition where grown men and women, billionaires and four star generals fawned on the leader "who's keeping his word to the American people" while the cameras whirred.

Sekulow, a conservative activist and radio talk-show host, earlier this month joined Trump's legal team, which is led by Marc Kasowitz. A chilling detail for the White House from the prosecution team - the combined CVs of Mueller's team have experience on everything from al-Qaeda to Richard Nixon and gangsters.

What Trump derides as a "phony witch hunt" is the legal system working as it should. Mr Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation.

However, what needs to be mentioned is that the "witch hunt" reference was not a one- off tweet.

What has Trump himself said?

"You're his lawyer", Kilmeade told him.

The scorched-earth approach may have grave political consequences.

Whether Trump himself is under investigation at this stage also is still unclear. Consequently, Comey, as a potential target of the investigation, creates an even greater conflict of interest for Mueller.

At worst, it could force the nation to confront a third debate on whether to remove an elected President in just 45 years.

Back in the present, the President's mood is fueling the sense of crisis.

Marco Rubio, R-Fla., noted that "one thing we've learned from the testimony of multiple people now is the president is pretty fired up about this" and doesn't believe that he did anything wrong.

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Both Coats and Rogers declined before the Senate intelligence committee earlier this month to answer questions about their conversations with Trump, but both said they had never felt urged by Trump to intervene in the Russian Federation probes.

Senator Angus K of ME said, "A lot of people have asked, when will we be done? And he's expressing himself in that way". Does he believe the president, who says there's no wrongdoing here, or does he go after the president in the way James Comey wants him to do?

"Trump has a compulsion to counter-attack and is very pugnacious".

Sekulow is so certain that Trump is under investigation that even when he's trying to do damage control over two Freudian slips that confirm Trump is under investigation, Sekulow releases another Freudian slip, beginning to reference the inves...never mind...

And one of Trump's lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said categorically on Meet the Press that, "The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction". If they find none, Im certain Mueller will forthrightly report that fact — but only after completing a proper investigation, which takes time. He said the tweet last Friday from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

"It was 141 characters".

"There's a limitation on Twitter, as we all know", Sekulow told CNN, adding that Trump's "response was as it related to the Washington Post report".

President Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow says the president is not under criminal investigation. Mueller operates with day-to-day independence of Rosenstein, but Rosenstein still oversees how the investigation is funded.

Meanwhile, other sources have said that the President is indeed under investigation for the highly unconventional firing of the FBI Chief.

An obstruction case against the president would require scrutiny of the drafting, intent, and background of Rosenstein's memo, which set forth the recommendation that Comey be terminated.

At an off-camera briefing at the White House Monday, Spicer was asked about Rosenstein's standing in the administration.

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