Trump attorney: President not 'under investigation for obstruction'

Pauline Gross
June 19, 2017

Angus King (I-Maine) and Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump's legal team. The only source reporting that he is under investigation are anonymous leaks to the Washington Post, Sekulow says.

Sekulow cited congressional testimony by fired FBI director James B. Comey that he had told Trump on several occasions that Trump was not personally under investigations.

His comments appeared to directly contradict Trump's own tweet this week, in which he appeared to refer to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein when he wrote: "I'm being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the man who told me to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Witch Hunt", Trump wrote two days after the WaPo story broke.

Sekulow, who is chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, said that if the Post's reporting were accurate, Mr. Trump "would be under investigation for taking the action that the Department of Justice asked him to take. Meanwhile Trump himself confirmed he's under FBI investigation for obstruction of justice, an investigation Rosenstein may need to recuse himself from given he's potentially a key witness", Mr Blickstein told The Independent. "Period", Sekulow said, using similar phrasing for emphasis as he did on "Meet the Press".

Mueller, the FBI director before Comey, has not released any details on the investigation.

Sekulow also said he "can't imagine a scenario where the president would not be aware of it".

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Cohen said the first official communication that a target is under investigation typically comes when prosecutors begin requesting documents and other evidence.

The Post reported last week that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who was appointed to oversee the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election, is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice. He then stated again that Trump was not being investigated. "He can not in a Twitter statement include all of that in there, but the Washington Post statement came out that morning". Angus KingAngus KingSunday shows preview: Trump pushes back as Russian Federation probe heats up 'Crash Override" malware heightens fears for United States electric grid Angus King: I'm "really, really disturbed' by Sessions's testimony MORE (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I don't think that tweet helped him".

Schiff said Trump, his legal team and his supporters were trying to discredit the special counsel and his investigation. On top of that, there's no limit on the number of tweets you can send, and Trump has in the past tweeted out messages that took more than one post. "The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction". Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week" and King spoke on NBC.

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

Schiff is now battling committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), whom he has accused of failing to keep his promise to recuse himself from the House investigation.

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