Trump Lawyer Contradicts Trump Tweet, Stumps Sunday Beltway Hosts


Donald Trump is not under investigation for firing FBI Director James Comey, the president's lawyer said, in seeming contradiction to a tweet the U.S. leader had sent out earlier complaining of a "witch hunt" against him.

But Jay Sekulow, part of Trump s legal team, said the president was writing about reports of an investigation, not an actual probe.

The conservative lawyer, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, is assisting Trump as Mueller probes into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and the potential obstruction of justice by the president in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Sekulow told "Fox News Sunday" and three other shows that Trump's tweet was based exclusively on a Washington Post report, and he insisted Trump wasn't under investigation.

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m. Sunday, Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt".

Robert Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, later took over the investigation.

Sekulow told Wallace that Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey last month was "based on numerous events, including recommendations from his attorney general and the deputy attorney general's office".

Rosenstein is the only official who could fire Mueller, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from the probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential campaign and whether anyone close to Trump colluded with the Russians.

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Sekulow: No, Chris... let me crystal clear so you completely understand.

Trump's tweets following the report appeared to confirm the investigation, but his lawyer said it only appeared that way because of the character limit on Twitter. Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week" and King spoke on NBC. "That's impossible. The president cannot be investigated, or certainly cannot be found liable for engaging in an activity he clearly has power to do under the constitution".

Trump has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking. If WaPo and its five sources were wrong about something as serious as Bob Mueller investigating the president for obstruction of justice, what else have they been wrong about?

Wallace: You just said that he's being investigated.

Sekulow added that he thinks Mr. Trump will address the issue of any alleged tape recordings of Mr. Trump's conversation with Comey "in the week ahead", saying the tapes were not "priority number one" amid Mr. Trump's announcement to roll back President Obama's Cuba policies and Wednesday's shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

Senator Marco Rubio, who lost the Republican primary election to Trump, called for a "full and credible investigation". Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. Nope, says Sekulow. If you believe the Daily Beast, though, Trump has made his feelings clear to other confidants: "He's furious at Rosenstein, but the list of his people who enrage him is ever-growing..."

Rasmussen said Friday its daily presidential tracking poll that 50% of likely USA voters approve of Trump's job performance, while the other 50% disapprove. "There's a lot of information yet to go".