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Jay Sekulow appeared on CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper and said Trump's Friday tweet that seemed to confirm that he was being investigated for firing former FBI director James Comey was not a confirmation of an investigation.

The denial Sunday by Jay Sekulow, one of several personal lawyers Trump has hired to represent him in the Russian Federation case, is the latest of many examples in which the president's aides and lawyers have scrambled to avert a public-relations mess created by Trump's tweets, off-script remarks or leaked private conversations.

When Wallace pointed out to Sekulow that he just said Trump is under investigation, the lawyer said Wallace re-phrased him, The New York Post reported.

Mr Sekulow said Mr Trump's tweet was in reaction to a story in The Washington Post, which was the first to report Mr Mueller was examining whether Mr Trump had tried to obstruct the probe by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May.

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.

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WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump is beginning his day with a stream of tweets defending his record and lashing out at the investigation into Russian interference in the election. "He can not in a Twitter statement include all of that in there, but "The Washington Post" statement came out that morning", he said.

"He is not under investigation by the special counsel", Sekulow told Todd.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel following Comey's ouster in early May.

Sekulow claimed the president is not spending a lot of time composing the tweets, but defended them as a means of speaking directly to voters, saying "he's responding to what he's seeing in the media in a way in which he thinks is appropriate to talk to those people that put him in office".

In an NBC interview on May 11, Trump said "When I chose to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story".

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"I can't imagine a scenario where the president would not be aware of it", Sekulow said on CBS. "And the best thing that can happen for everybody, the president, the country, our institutions [of] the government, is for a full and thorough and credible investigation that reveals everything".

Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.

The tweet was widely interpreted as an acknowledgment that Trump was under legal and criminal scrutiny by Mueller. But now Trump is under investigation-for firing Comey. Now, there are also reports that Rosenstein, who has the sole power to remove Mueller from the investigation, is considering recusing himself. 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.

Sekulow said Trump would address the issue of the tapes - whose very existence is unclear - in the "week ahead".

Although members of his party, including Sen. Russian officials have denied meddling in the us election.

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