Trump decries 'witch hunt' but lawyer insists no probe

Significantly, the Washington Post claims that even before Mueller's appointment, the Justice Department had opened an investigation into Trump for possible obstruction of justice. A former prosecutor, Dowd may be best known to the public for leading investigations on behalf of Major League Baseball, including a probe of allegations of improper gambling by baseball player Pete Rose that preceded Rose's lifetime ban.

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. The Democrats should accept they lost the election.

As evidence, Sekulow said that Trump has not been notified of any investigation.

Sekulow also said that Trump's tweet that led people to believe he was under investigation was in response to a Washington Post story in which unnamed sources said the president was being investigated.

It was not clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether he obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the Russian Federation investigation.

"I can say categorically that the collusion or cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over", the Maine senator told "Meet the Press", adding that the probe could be done by the end of 2017.

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The much bigger issue is Trump asked Comey for his loyalty.

The interviews are some of the first indications of the efforts of Mueller's newly assembled team.

Regardless of the chaos that could ensue in the leadership of the Justice Department, Mueller's investigation appears insulated, and much of the work of the department done by US attorneys across the country will continue, Cramer said. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them.

While Mr Trump's tweets following the report appeared to confirm the investigation, Mr Sekulow lawyer said it only appeared that way because of the character limit on Twitter.

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story".

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.

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"Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great".

A spokesman for the office of the special counsel declined to comment, and so did a representative for the director of National Intelligence. All this only six months into the new administration-what's to stop Mueller from wandering as far afield as Starr did in the years to come?

The White House has said Trump does not intend to do so.

ABC News reported on Friday that Rosenstein has privately said he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe, given that he could become a potential witness in the investigation.

He also suggested if Trump vetoes congressional sanctions on Russian Federation, "there are sufficient votes in place" to convince him otherwise.

Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel. And a person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday morning that it's "unlikely" the President will fire Mueller, but conceded that it's often hard to predict Trump's behavior.

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