Trump Is Trying to "Take Down" Mueller, Warns Congressman

The attorney told both shows - as well as the NBC News and Fox News Sunday morning programs - that Trump was simply responding to a Washington Post report that said special counsel Robert Mueller's Federal Bureau of Investigation probe has widened to include a look into potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes by Trump associates.

A member of President Trump's legal team said Sunday that the president is not under investigation by the special counsel looking into Russia's election-year meddling, contradicting Trump's assertion in a Friday morning tweet that he is a subject of the widening inquiry.

"Trump is becoming radioactive, and it's accelerating", said Mr Bill Valdez, a former senior official with the Department of Energy who is now president of the Senior Executives Association, which represents 6,000 top federal leaders. "And if President Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and then [get] special counsel Mueller fired, I believe Congress would begin impeachment proceedings".

Also reports have emerged that the senior Justice Department official has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from his role overseeing the special-counsel probe into Russian meddling in 2016 elections, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal.

"The timing of the thaw, however, has provoked accusations that the president is trying to ingratiate himself with a key member of a congressional panel investigating potential ties between Trump associates and Russian Federation".

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I'm under no illusion that many Republican House and Senate members have any affection for, or loyalty to, Trump.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Trump to deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, made the rounds on Sunday talk shows to cast doubt on media reports citing unnamed sources - and to add nuance to a straightforward claim Trump made on Friday that he was under investigation. However, it's important to note that the future of Trump's presidency may have little to do with whether there was a prosecutable violation of the law involved his handling of the Russian Federation investigation. "Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted. "The F.B.I.'s going to do their job, Mueller's going to do his job", Rubio said.

Mueller would be allowed, though not required, to answer that question, unless it involved material before a grand jury, the former White House lawyer said.

Trump's tweet was "in response" to a Washington Post story last Wednesday indicating that the special counsel's probe now included the president, Sekulow said in television interviews.

"There's a limitation on Twitter, as we all know", he said.

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"I can't imagine a scenario where the president would not be aware of it", Sekulow said on CBS.

"The message the President is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Ms Feinstein said.

"They had the best M&Ms on the planet", Rubio said about his trip to Florida with Trump on Air Force One.

Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, estimated that investigators are just 20 percent into their probe, which could last for months. This is a very complex matter, involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents, lots of witnesses.

The Post article debates Trump's motives and Rubio's as far as their relationship goes, but concluded that the senator seems "in awe" of the president.

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