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Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Trump attorney says president not under investigation

Trump attorney says president not under investigation

President Donald Trump's lawyer said Sunday that the President is not under investigation for possible obstruction of justice - despite Trump seemingly confirming that he was in a tweet earlier in the week.

President Donald Trump is not under investigation for obstruction of justice despite his tweet Friday that appeared to confirm he is, a member of his legal team said, doubling down on the point with appearances on almost every major Sunday TV talk show. "The president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction".

Trump has hinted that he may have taped conversations with Comey - in which the ex-FBI chief says the president pressured him for his loyalty and on the Russian Federation investigation while also urging him to drop a probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Mueller is also looking at whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them, said one US official on Thursday who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Sekulow said that Trump, in his tweet, was reacting to a story in the Washington Post, which was the first to report Mueller was examining whether Trump had tried to obstruct the probe by firing FBI Director James Comey in May.

"The president has strong feelings about it and (what) I would communicate to the White House and to the world through this broadcast is, let this thing work its way through, let it be thorough and complete so no one will have any doubt", Rubio added. "The president is not and has not been under investigation".

"Nothing has changed" since Comey informed the president that he was not being personally investigated, he said.

"Sir, you just said two times that he's being investigated", the Fox News host said. "I can not read the mind of the special prosecutor", Sekulow said. The investigation concerns the circumstances around the May 9 firing of FBI Director James Comey. The committee also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, Comey testified that he felt pressured by Trump to drop an investigation into the president's top national security adviser Michael Flynn's links with Russian Federation.

"That signifies this president knew all too well that it was inappropriate", Schiff said. King said the "collusion, the cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over".

"You're reading more into the tweet than what is there", he said. "There's a lot of information yet to go".

While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in on the widening legal investigations Sunday.

"The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt", the Republican leader tweeted. Rubio spoke on NBC, CNN and CBS. "They are essentially engaging in a scorched earth litigation strategy that is beginning with trying to discredit the prosecutor", Schiff said on ABC.

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