President Trump not under investigation in Russia probe

US President Donald Trump is not facing any probe for obstruction of justice, a member of his legal team said on Sunday, contradicting Mr Trump's own assertion that he was under investigation for firing former FBI director James Comey and being the target of a "witch hunt".

Trump's tweet was posted more than a day after a Washington Post story reported that "Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly", confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, appointed to look into allegations that members of the Trump administration colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the election, was investigating whether or not Trump had sought to obstruct justice. Today, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit to insist that Trump is not under investigation for obstruction of justice. Oh?

Benjamin Wittes, who runs the Lawfare blog and is known to be a friend of James Comey, said in a new interview that President Trump's private dinner with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director amounted to "grotesque impropriety".

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

In the tweet in question, Trump explicitly said he is under investigation and calls that investigation a "witch hunt".

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As he did in exchanges with other news anchors, Sekulow bullishly emphasized to Wallace that Trump's tweet should only be interpreted as a response to the Post report and insisted that that no one has notified Trump or his team that the president is under investigation.

Sekulow suggested that Trump had taken to Twitter because the president wanted to fight back against news organizations that Trump and his supporters have repeatedly accused of using leaks and anonymous sources to undermine the president.

One of Donald Trump's personal attorneys categorically denied that the President is under investigation for obstruction of justice, despite Twitter posts in which Trump apparently acknowledges it.

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!"

"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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Trump has lashed out against the Russian Federation probe on Twitter and his allies have called for the ouster of special counsel Robert Mueller and questioned his impartiality. Marco Rubio, (R- Fla.), who said he discussed the probe with Trump on Friday.

Perhaps Trump can avoid it, if it's true that the president has already considered firing Mueller.

Trump at first attributed Comey's firing to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for his handling of an investigation previous year into the use of a private email server by Trump's defeated challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, estimated that investigators are just 20 percent into their probe, which could last for months.

In addition, two congressional committees have issued subpoenas for testimony and documents as part of their wide-ranging, bipartisan investigations. Nothing's changed since James Comey said the president was not a target or a subject of an investigation.

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