Trump lawyer denies president is a probe target

Comey told lawmakers earlier this month that Trump in recent months had asked for his personal loyalty, urged him to drop the investigation of the contacts the president's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had with Russia's ambassador to Washington, and to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation, none of which he acceded to.

On CNN's "State of the Union"*, he said that the tweet in question was Trump's response to the Washington Post story that claimed that Trump was under a possible obstruction of justice probe after firing James Comey.

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.

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally, said the president's tweet seemingly acknowledging that he is under investigation didn't help him.

In a comment Friday on his Twitter account, Trump said, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" But then Rosenstein made the surprise move to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a development that people close to Sessions and Trump believe has worsened matters for everyone involved.

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He then insisted that "being investigated by the same department" which told him to remove Comey is "not constitutional". Senator Marco Rubio, who lost the Republican primary election to Trump, called for a "full and credible investigation".

"Let me be crystal clear so you completely understand, we have not received, nor are we aware of any investigation of the president of the United States".

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. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter. Even if the President was not technically himself being investigated, the investigation clearly touched on him as the head of the campaign which was the subject of the investigation.

But Sekulow claimed the president wasn't referring to an actual investigation in the message, but instead a news report about one. Before becoming a top Federal Bureau of Investigation official, James Comey made his name as USA attorney for the Southern District of NY by successfully prosecuting Martha Stewart for conspiracy and obstruction of justice, alongside securities fraud-charges that arose in part because of the way she talked to investigators about her business transactions. "Witch Hunt", the President declared in a Friday morning tweet. "I'm not prepared to say that there is proof you could take to a jury, but I can say there's enough that we ought to be investigating". He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency.

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

"All Americans, regardless of party, agree on the fundamental principle that no one is above the law", Lieu said on MSNBC.

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When Wallace pointed out that Sekulow had appeared to agree in his answer that the president is under investigation, the lawyer grew flustered.

But mostly, as reports about his legal peril multiplied, Trump became increasingly worked up about the Mueller probe.

Trump allies have been questioning whether Mueller can lead an unbiased probe, given that some members of his team have made campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.

Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer and now a defense attorney specializing in white-collar crime and investigations, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notify Trump he was under investigation, so the lack of such notice meant nothing.

Schiff also said Sunday that he believes there is some evidence of collusion between the Trump team and the Kremlin.

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