Trump lawyer: President not under investigation in Russian Federation probe


"A defiant Trump at multiple points Thursday expressed his frustration with [the special counsel's widening investigation], tweeting that he is the subject of "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history", and one that he said is being led by "some very bad and conflicted people".

Trump tweeted that he is; lawyer Jay Sekulow says he isn't. The White House used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but Trump's firing of Comey may now be part of the probe.

But Sekulow said that Trump was reacting to a Washington Post story that said special counsel Robert Mueller was examining whether Trump had tried to obstruct the probe by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May.

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

The source familiar with the Mueller probe told Reuters that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation.

Jeff Sessions may have ordered the firing of James Comey in what could be a direct violation of his recusal from matters related to the Russian investigation, a new report claims.

"If President Trump were to try to replicate [former President Richard] Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in addition to Mueller, Congress must unite to stop him - without respect to party, and for the sake of the nation", he said.

"No one has notified us that he is" under investigation, Sekulow said. The committee also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.

"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation... there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period".

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"Witch Hunt", he said in a tweet.

Schiff says if the panel can't get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed. Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week " and King spoke on NBC. 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.

"Trump, who only a day earlier had called for a more civil tone in Washington after a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, fired off several more tweets in the afternoon voicing disbelief that he was under scrutiny while his "crooked" Democratic opponent in last year's election, Hillary Clinton, escaped prosecution in relation to her use of a private email server while secretary of state".

"So no, the president's not under investigation, has not been", he said.

Mueller was tasked with taking over the executive branch's investigation into alleged Russian interference and potential collusion between Russia and Trump's associates.

He continued by saying: "Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm.massive regulation cuts, 36 new legislative bills signed, great new S.C.Justice, and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Tax Cuts in works!"

"There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation".

Comey made the existence of this investigation public in a March hearing before the House intelligence committee.