In spite of tweet, lawyer says Donald Trump not under investigation

"That tweet was in response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources", Sekulow said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union". Attention is focused on the question of obstruction simply because so much of Trumps campaign to deep-six the investigation has been conducted openly, at full volume. Cuomo maintained that the special counsel in the Russian Federation probe, Robert Mueller, will be looking into the circumstances around Comey's firing as Sekulow said he couldn't be sure Mueller would be doing that at all, as the President is able to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director per the Constitution.

In a statement, Jamie Gorelick said she told Kushner to get "independent advice of a lawyer" on whether to "continue with us" after Robert Mueller was tapped to lead an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

"The fact of the matter is the President has not been and is not under investigation."
Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them.

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has expansive powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation.

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After firing of James Comey, Robert Mueller was appointed a special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and the alleged collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Russians.

Other presidents have managed to compartmentalize investigations and go about the business of governing, but Trump seems consumed by the Mueller probe.

Peter Zeidenberg, who worked in the U.S. Department of Justice Public Integrity Section and served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, told TPM that as Rosenstein faces pressure to step aside from the investigation, the country is headed into murky new legal territory. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the special counsel should be allowed to "do his job" and that "the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation to go on independently and thoroughly".

Rep. Jim Himes, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence committee, says "we are a ways yet from being able to conclude anything" when it comes to his committee's investigation into Russia's actions in the 2016 election.

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The lawyer also suggested Twitter's character limit may be partly to blame.

The committee sent a bipartisan letter this month to White House counsel Don McGahn seeking an answer by this Friday. Cuomo also challenged Sekulow's claim that the president was above legal reproach for obstruction of justice in his firing of Comey, noting that the question had never before been litigated. He told the Senate Intelligence Committee in his June 8 testimony he believed the president had directed him to drop a related agency investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time.

"You say he can't be under investigation because I haven't been told, and that's a specious premise - you know there's no duty to tell you whether he's under investigation", Cuomo said.

Asked if exploring obstruction under Trump would be part of the probe, Feinstein said, "I think whether it includes it or not, people look for it. This is a very complex matter involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents and lots of witnesses".

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While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he spent the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.

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