Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday defended President Donald Trump and his administration's apparent lack of concern about Russia's interference in last year's election, saying the president "has a right to his opinion". With leaks about the expanding investigation being spoon-fed to anti-Trump media and with Mueller's hiring spree including Democratic donors, the president has reason to suspect he's being set up for a fall.
The attorney, Jay Sekulow, appeared on several Sunday news programs to counter the impression that Trump has acknowledged he's become a target of the expanding Russian Federation probe.
Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.
Jay Sekulow, one of the personal lawyers Trump has hired, made the rounds of Sunday talk shows insisting that the president wasn't being investigated, despite a tweet to the contrary from Trump last week. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said that the panel - overseeing one of several congressional investigations - is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist. Last week he described the concerns about Russian influence in US elections as a "phony" story.
"Let me be clear here", he said.
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Rosenstein could eventually be questioned by Mueller about his memo on Comey and what motivated Trump to ask him to write it. "And he is very pugnacious", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".
Advisers have been forced to perform post-presidential cleanup in the wake of Trump's tweets and comments.
The interview turned tense, however, when host Chris Wallace then asked Sekulow about the remainder of Trump's tweet, in which Trump had complained that he was being investigated for firing Comey by the man who told him to fire Comey.
When NBC's Chuck Todd pointed out that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein specifically did not recommend Comey's firing, Sekulow smoothly and brazenly went ahead to conflate Rosenstein's words with those of Sessions, in order to bolster his argument.
Cohen said the first official communication that a target is under investigation typically comes when prosecutors begin requesting documents and other evidence. "It's that simple. The president is not under investigation".